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Old 05-18-2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to be at the Pepsi Center in Denver next Monday night.

Problem is, so are John Cena and a bunch of wrestlers -- and they called it first.

World Wrestling Entertainment said it is booked at the arena for an episode of Monday Night Raw, the same night the Nuggets are slated to host the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

WWE chairman Vince McMahon told The Associated Press he doesn't believe there was "any malice, just ineptness," on the part of Kroenke Sports, which owns the team and the building, but can't tolerate the company "just simply throwing us out on our ear."

Without a quick resolution, McMahon plans to send his trucks to Denver.

"That's what we intend to do," he said. "We're going to show up."

Pepsi Center officials told the ABC television affiliate in Denver that the Nuggets game will be played as scheduled and that they are working with the WWE to reschedule or move its event.

Paul Andrews, executive vice president of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, issued a statement Monday night concerning the scheduling conflict, saying: "We are working with the WWE to resolve the situation amicably."

WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the organization secured the Pepsi Center last Aug. 15 and has already sold more than 10,000 tickets for the event. He says the organization expects a sellout, with tickets ranging from $20 to $70.

McMahon blamed Kroenke for not believing his team was good enough to still be playing in mid-May.

"The fans in Denver had a lot more faith in making the playoffs than the owner," he said in a phone interview from Louisville, where Raw was taking place later Monday night.

Denver is usually done with basketball by now. The Nuggets had lost in the first round five straight years, but as the No. 2 seed in the West are in the conference finals for the first time since 1985.

The league, which handles scheduling during the playoffs, is leaving it up to the team and the WWE to figure things out.

"The Nuggets and the WWE understand that the date of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals cannot be changed," NBA senior vice president Mike Bass said. "We are confident that the Pepsi Center and the WWE will resolve their scheduling conflict."

Zimmerman said the Pepsi Center confirmed in March with the WWE that the organization wanted to keep the May 25 date, and sent a contract on April 15 -- the final night of the regular season -- which WWE signed and returned. Tickets went on sale April 11.

The conflict didn't arise until Sunday, when the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Had the Rockets won, Denver would have had home-court advantage in the next round, hosting Games 1 and 2 and putting the May 25 game in Houston.

As of Monday afternoon, the schedule on the Pepsi Center's Web site listed WWE for 6:30 p.m. local time and Western Conference finals Game 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the wrestling event could still be purchased online.

McMahon said he couldn't guess how much he would make from the show, but that canceling wasn't easy because of how much is involved in moving his equipment, plus filling its obligated time slot on USA Network. Litigation is likely -- but he plans to be putting on a card.

"When you do have a date, you plan everything around it," he said, adding, "we may be holding an event in a parking lot somewhere."
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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Go ahead and showup McMahon you can catch the nuggets game while your here so just take your pretend show to the next state.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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If McMahon has a legal document this could get very interesting.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:39 PM   #4
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WTF? I think NBA playoff basketball is a little more marketable than some crap wrestling show.

BTW, calling your promoter 'inept' isn't a good way to get your way.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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Ooooo! Impressive!
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:46 PM   #6
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If McMahon has a legal document this could get very interesting.
Why? It's a contract, they will just break it and pay the damages.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:46 PM   #7
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Same thing happened the other week in the NHL I think. Yanni had a concert the same night the Pens and Caps were supposed to play. The booker obviously didnt think that the Nuggets would still be playing in late May. They ****ed up royally. I do know that Yanni had his concert and the game was played a day earlier or was a back to back night.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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Ooooo! Impressive!
Meanwhile the Lakers vs Nuggets sold out within minutes online.

The WWE event will get moved to some other venue...like the Pepsi Center parking lot.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:57 PM   #9
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Its funny when a player tries to get out of a signed contract its a big deal but when something like this happens its not.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:00 PM   #10
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Wrestling has a huge draw and they were screwed here...just saying
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:16 PM   #11
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either the bball game should get moved to sunday or mcmahon needs to move the show to the denver coliseum or broomfield events center...or just tape it on sunday
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:22 PM   #12
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I don't blame McMahon for being irritated by the situation one bit.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:41 PM   #13
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Same thing happened the other week in the NHL I think. Yanni had a concert the same night the Pens and Caps were supposed to play. The booker obviously didnt think that the Nuggets would still be playing in late May. They ****ed up royally. I do know that Yanni had his concert and the game was played a day earlier or was a back to back night.
Difference is that Leonsis doesn't own the Verizon Center while Kroenke does own the Pepsi Center.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:32 PM   #14
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$70 for a ticket to that nonsense?
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:46 PM   #15
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either the bball game should get moved to sunday or mcmahon needs to move the show to the denver coliseum or broomfield events center...or just tape it on sunday
They could possibly do that. Back when WWE was competing with WCW on Monday nights, that wouldn't have been a good thing. However, they have a virtual monopoly on the wrestling world and they can do whatever they want. People will still watch...
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:08 AM   #16
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I miss calling it the WWF. **** the World Wildlife Fund crying over the rights to an acronym after decades. (and I'm not even a big wrestling fan)
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:13 AM   #17
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I miss calling it the WWF. **** the World Wildlife Fund crying over the rights to an acronym after decades. (and I'm not even a big wrestling fan)
I completely agree. WWF was nostalgic and 80's awesome.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:37 AM   #19
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Easy...Do a wrestling match/tailgate bash in the parking lot before the game. Then the fans can watch Kobe and Co get beat down.
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:14 AM   #20
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McMahon has the right to the building that night. Period. I agree with everything that he's said. He's got the contract, so if they want him to go away they better pay up.
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oh, and he will make them pay, the guy is a billionaire for a reason. And he will get great free press from the situation as well.
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:52 AM   #22
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WWE is only positioning itself to show as much damage as possible by the move. They will win some type of settlement and the game of course will be played by Lakers and Nuggets.

For sure Kroenke sports will have to pay up, the arse.

So basically the owner of the nuggets can pay, so his team can play, and get torched by the Lakers, hows that for irony.
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:58 AM   #23
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:17 AM   #24
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I still call it the WWF. So did the woman on the news this morning.


I have to side with the wrestling on this. They had it first and the Nuggets should have to move their game to another night if the WWF doesn't want to move it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:27 AM   #25
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The Nuggets are missing and opportunity. They should move their game to Mile High. And sell the extras at like 5 bucks a ticket and put that sucker outside. It would be sweet.
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