• Petitioning Francesco Aquilini

This petition will be delivered to:

Aquilini Investment Group
Francesco Aquilini
National Basketball Association
Adam Silver

Bring the NBA back to Vancouver, British Columbia

    1. NBA Vancouver
    2. Petition by

      NBA Vancouver

      Vancouver, Canada

Basketball fans of Vancouver and British Columbia as a whole have been deprived of professional basketball for over 13 years. Its time to bring it back to the most beautiful city in the world, with the most passionate fans in the world. 

The facts:

A)    Attendance vs. Talent

Vancouver is a basketball market. It has proven this through attendence. Vancouver had better attendance for the Grizzlies than Memphis right up until this very season (2012-2013) with a failing, miserable team that had zero playoff appearences and no draft picks that turned into stars or moderate stars other than Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Swift, Daniels, Reeves among others). Compared to Memphis's legitimate playoff contending team with NBA stars like Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Connely. Other notable players to suit up for Memphis; Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay, Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, Damon Stoudamire among others. Vancouver STILL managed better attendence the entire time, with ZERO playoff apperences, and a sub-par roster. Memphis has made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs twice in its breif history in Memphis.

 B)    Willingness to Return

David Stern has publicly stated

Stern: "Great city, and we disappointed them. And we disappointed ourselves."

Stern: "We've had visits from believe it or not, Vancouver, where the Canucks are doing just a spectacular job. 


Francesco Aquilini has publicly stated:

"I think if there was enough support, enough of a fan base, the arena is definitly ready to go"


Among the yearly rumors that Francesco is looking to buy a NBA team

Vancouver NBA team a possibility, think tank says - British Columbia ... (Aug. 2012)

NBA coming back to Vancouver? | canada.com (April 2012)

Grizzlies long gone but Vancouver's viability as NBA city sits very ... (April 2012)

Aquilini wants NBA's Hornets in Vancouver: report via CBC (Feb. 2011)

Canucks owner sets sights on moving Hornets to Vancouver - The ... (Aug. 2011)

Report: Aquilini looks to bring NBA's Hornets to Vancouver (Feb. 2011)

Pacers to Vancouver??? | Indiana Barrister (May. 2009)

Sporting Madness: Aquilini to bring Indiana Pacers to Vancouver? (May. 2009)

Vancouver has NBA hoop dream - SkyscraperCity (March. 2006)


 C) Market Size

Vancouver's population was estimated at 1.4 million when the NBA expanded here in 1995. Since then Vancouver and the GTA have grown to about 3.4 million people. Thats a 50% growth in 18 years, and we are expected to keep growing. British Columbia as a whole is estimated at 6 million people, making Vancouver the 2nd largest TV market in Canada. Being able to call itself "Western Canada's Team" you can include Alaska, Alberta, and even Saskatchewan. Making Vancouver a Top 10 TV market in North America.

 D) Damage Control from Relocation: Marketing & NBA ambassador 

When the NBA relocated back in 2001, theres no question about it, the NBA hurt the city of Vancouver. We need to do damage control. We also need to remember a key part of the Grizzlies failure to succeed; Marketing. Ownership groups are very rarely a one man operation. Although we need Francesco Aquilini to buy the NBA franchise, the sport needs an ambassador in BC; a face. Steve Nash already that guy for Basketball BC, lets use him as the face of the NBA. He is signed to the LA Lakers for 3 years, call it a countdown to an Ownership Role somewhere. He already owns a stake in the Whitecaps, and has expressed interest in joining a ownership group willing to bring the NBA back to Vancouver. Steve Nash is the perfect remedy for both problems Grizzlies problems (Marketing & Reputation). When Steve Nash gets on board (and he will if approached) the relocation hearbreak the casul fan feels will evaporate overnight and you'll be loving Steve Nash up like you always have. Imagine if he's brought in as General Manger? Hello ticket sales.

E) Golden Age of Canadian Basketball Talent

The days of Steve Nash struggling to get noticed are gone. We are about to witness the "Golden Age" of Canadian Basetball. British Columbia is producing some of that talent as well. Maybe you've heard of Kelly Olynyk, or Robert Sacre? Kamloops Native, NCAA West Coast Player of the Year, draft pick of the Boston Celtics in Kelly Olynyk and 2nd Round draft pick by the Lakers, product of North Vancouver, Robert Sacre. Toronto's own Andrew Wiggins of Kansas is the #1 Rated Draft Prospect by ESPN for the 2015 NBA Draft and has already been compared to Kevin Durant. Canada finally had a Canadian to go 1st overall in the NBA Draft with Anthony Bennett to the Clevland Cavaliers. With Steve Nash as General Manager, leading Team Canada into the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio the buzz will only get bigger for NBA basketball and Canadian basketball so get on the bandwagon early. Fianlly, Vancouver can drop the longtime stigma that NBA players wont play here, of course they would our city is worldclass and the next round of stars are Canadian. Big shoutout to Metta World Peace by the way.

Stay up to date with us on twitter @NBAVancouver and tweet with #NBAYVR to join the discussion!


Also, please visit http://www.NBAVancouver.wordpress.com


Francesco Aquilini, Aquilini Investment Group
Adam Silver, National Basketball Association
Support for another NBA team in Vancouver is growing daily. Vancouver is a great sports city and has some of the most passionate fans in the world. Please visit us on @NBAVancouver or search #NBAYVR to get a look at this passion for yourself, and see why Vancouver deserves another shot at the NBA!

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      The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday that Head Coach Dwane Casey and his team will return to Vancouver, British Columbia for a portion of training camp. The club will open camp at Air Canada Centre in Toronto (September 29 - October 2) before departing for the West coast.

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
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      Aquilini one step closer to MLSE business model with AHL purchase; NBA next?

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    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Steve Nash still hopeful Vancouver might get another shot at the NBA

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      Lakers star Steve Nash still hopeful Vancouver might get another crack at NBA

      LOS ANGELES - Steve Nash was a vocal critic of the NBA's decision more than 11 years ago to give up on Vancouver as a market and allow the Grizzlies to move to Memphis. Time hasn't completely healed that wound.

    8. Vancouver NBA team a possibility think tank says via CBC

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      A leading economic think tank says Vancouver could get another professional basketball franchise — but some in the professional sports world say they have their doubts.

      The Vancouver Grizzlies lasted just five seasons, leaving the city in 2001 and relocating in Memphis. The team’s attendance waned as the novelty wore off and the win/loss record remained an embarrassment.

      The Canadian dollar was also well below par with the U.S. throughout the team’s tenure, putting the owners at a real economic disadvantage.

      But the Conference Board of Canada says conditions are ripe for the NBA's return to the city.

      “[Economic] fundamentals have changed,” board member Glen Hodgson said Friday. “With the dollar at par, and a growing, more immigrant-based population, it's quite possible to have a second NBA franchise in Canada based in Vancouver."

      Read the entire article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/08/24/bc-nba-vancouver-conference-board.html

    9. Vancouver ripe for NBA team via CTV BC

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      OTTAWA -- The Conference Board of Canada says the country is ripe for major league sports expansion over the next two decades.
      The report says economic and demographic trends suggest Canada could support three new NHL teams, major league baseball in Montreal, an NBA franchise in Vancouver and as many as three, new Major League Soccer teams.
      The study also suggests that by the year 2035, another seven cities could support Canadian Football League franchises.
      The report's authors looked at population growth trends in specific markets, the effects of an aging population, the strength of the Canadian dollar and income growth to predict which cities will be able to support big-league sports. Read the entire article here.


    10. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shareef Sadain NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 3 days ago

      Because i luv basketballll and want the nba to grow sum balls and give vancouver a team

    • Nuno Silva PORTUGAL
      • 7 days ago

      Beacause I would love to see the Grizzlies back to Vancouver. Is important to have another canadian team at the NBA

    • Brendyn McKillop FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA
      • 10 days ago

      I'm signing this because I was 10-16 when the Grizzlies were in Vancouver. I love the game, I loved going to the games, even when they were terrible. The team was torpedoed by bad ownership and even worse management. Look at the effect Vince Carter had on basketball in Toronto, and across Canada. Had Vancouver had a star like that, an exciting talent to hang their hat on the passion and excitement would have been there. And we'd likely be seeing even more prospects coming out of western Canada.

      I think Vancouver is a city crying out for more pro sports, and basketball would be perfect. The passion and excitement of "Jurassic Park" at Maple Leaf Square would be replicated in Vancouver if the team made the playoffs. And I want to be able to take my kids to watch the Canadian stars of today, so that it might inspire them to strive to be the Canadian stars if tomorrow.

    • Jonah Lee-Ash VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      Basketball baby

    • Jackson Lam COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • 18 days ago



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