Sultan of Swat
Personally I would love to have another team in Vancouver. I am sure it would be able to work this time around.There have been reports that Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini has shown serious interest in purchasing the NBA's Indiana Pacers and moving the team to Vancouver.
Some have suggested that Pacers co-owner Herb Simon has floated the rumor that Aquilini is interested in moving the team as a way to leverage a new sweetheart lease from the City of Indianapolis.
This wouldn't be the first time that Aquilini has looked into buying an NBA franchise. In the past, he had looked into having the New Orleans Hornets relocate to Western Canada. Just how serious those talks were remains unclear.
In many ways, Aquilini's pursuit of an NBA team makes perfect sense. In addition to owning the Canucks, Francesco Aquilini and his brothers also owns General Motors Place, the stadium where the Canucks play thier home games and served as the home of the Vancouver Grizzlies during their six-year stint in the NBA. Like any good landlord, Aquilini is interested in getting new tenants, and an NBA team would occupy the stadium at least 41 nights of the year.
It also makes sense that the NBA would be interested in partnering with Aquilini. During his time owning the Canucks, Aquilini has been an engaged owner who has been not been afraid to spend money. He also owns the stadium his team plays in, which would likely prevent future squabbles with local government like the one that's taking place in Indiana.