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Pensacola’s Pelican G League dream may be dying a quiet death

November 7, 2017

Website arklatexhomepage.com reports that a New Orleans Pelicans official recently announced that Shreveport, La. is no longer under consideration for the New Orleans Pelicans G-League team.

Greg Bensel, vice president of communications for the NBA G League team, said, “We have moved on and are talking to other cities.”

The statement about “other cities” is odd since Pensacola residents have been led to believe Shreveport and Pensacola were the two finalists and no other cities were in the running.

In September, the Escambia Board of County Commissioners approved for staff to work with the City of Pensacola and Pelicans organization on how the G League team could play at the Pensacola Bay Center.

County Administrator Jack Brown this afternoon told Inweekly that they met with Pelicans officials along with Mayor Hayward in a conference room in the county’s administrative complex on Sept. 18. Since then, the county called the team several times but heard nothing until Oct. 25.

In an Oct. 25 email, Stephen Pate, the team’s  Senior Director of Government & Community Relations, said it was “evaluating a couple of different options” and would get back to the county soon.

Here is the email exchange:

From: Amy L. Lovoy
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:22 PM
To: Pate, Stephen
Subject: Re: G League

Hi Stephen,

I just wanted to check in with you guys to see how things were going with the G League team, and if you needed anything from us over in Escambia County. Thanks!

Amy Lovoy
Assistant County Administrator
Escambia County, Florida

From: Pate, Stephen
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:10 AM
To: Amy L. Lovoy
Subject: Re: G League

Hey Amy!

Hope you’re doing well and thank you for your email. We are currently evaluating a couple of different options. I should be in contact with you soon. Thanks again for your email.

Best regards-

Stephen Pate

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