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Vancouver lands an NBA team

The Story

"It's a great day for sport in Vancouver," Arthur Griffiths says at the press conference announcing that Vancouver has been granted an NBA franchise. In this 1994 CBC-TV clip from CBC Evening News, economic analysts predict a pro team will inject $110 million into the city's economy each year. But is the price too heavy? The franchise cost $125 million, and a new arena will add another $150 million. Meanwhile ticket sales have stalled after an initial round of publicity. Vancouver's other sports teams, the NHL's Canucks and the CFL's Lions, are watching closely to see how this franchise will affect them.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: April 27, 1994
Guests: Rick Bruno, Arthur Griffiths, Norman Inkster, Pat Quinn
Reporter: Eric Dwyer
Duration: 1:59
Game footage: NBA

Did You know?

• The Grizzlies were originally supposed to be named the Mounties, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police objected and the team was forced to find a new moniker. The Grizzlies was a logical choice because the grizzly bear is native to British Columbia.

• The Grizzlies were relocated to Memphis for the start of the 2001-02 season.





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