Wizards mum on city's NBA bid

June 10, 1999|By Jon Morgan

A spokesman for the Washington Wizards yesterday deferred questions to the league office about Baltimore's quest to rejoin the NBA.

"We haven't had a team move in some time in this league," said spokesman Matt Williams.

As for having a competitor up Interstate 95 from the Wizards, Williams said, "We would decline to comment."

League spokeswoman Teri Washington said simply that a relocation would need approval by three-quarters of franchise owners.

City officials have hired a consultant and contacted teams to see if one would be willing to move to a new arena in the city, if one is built. Among the prospects that have shown the most interest, according to a source familiar with the city's search, is the San Antonio Spurs, a team that will be playing for the NBA championship.

Spurs representatives have conducted preliminary studies of the city's sports market, traffic, and other factors that would play a role in a decision to relocate. The team has also been in contact with other cities, such as St. Louis, that have arenas available, another source said.

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