So in the “barely news” category comes this press release from the Rainmen.
The Herald picked it up and just rewrote the press release, no idea if Metro bothered. It’s nothing new, but at least the organization is trying to keep people updated. I am only posting about it to toss out some thoughts on the ownership situation – who actually owns the team right now? Jad hasn’t been mentioned as a part owner as of late and the name David Dobbin has sort of just popped up out of no where.
If I had to guess (and this is pure speculation because I am bored): From what I’ve heard the team is in dire financial straights and just bled money last year. Jad in particular was appearently very stressed out about it. I wouldn’t be shocked if she sold her share of the organization to David Dobbin but is remaining on in her VP role. This would give her some peace of mind and bring in (theoretically) an owner with more capital. So who is David Dobbin? A google search brings up a few names but the most likely candidate is an Ontario telecomunications executive. It’s just a guess that it’s him, but he’d have money to invest and Levingston first came to Canada and made the capital to start his other businesses through his involvement in telecommunications companies in Ontario, so Andre could theoretically know him.
Again – this is all wild guesses. If I were a real journalist I’d call someone at the Rainmen and ask them who he is and who owns the team right now… but I am not a real journalist, so I won’t bother. Instead I will just use google to make random guesses and hope that I am not too far off target.
EDIT: So I used the internet some more and came up with this press release from the D-League – it’s a list of the 2008-09 affiliates for NBA teams, and includes the two new expansion teams as well as some minor changes in who is affiliated with who (the Sonics affiliate is now in Tulsa, OK… fuck you David Stern and Clay Bennett). I think it’s safe to say that the 08-09 dream is dead – it’s just too late for them to not only put a Halifax team onto the schedule (particularly with travel) but also work out player assignments/team affiliations. Now I guess we need to wonder if the PBL will take the team.