SUMMERSIDE – A deal that the will see the National Basketball League of Canada’s Summerside Storm return to the western capital for another season is close at hand.
The team drew good crowds during its inaugural season and was embraced by the community but as a business venture it lost money.
Team owners Duncan Shaw and Darren MacKay have been negotiating with the City of Summerside for months trying to work out a deal that would see the team remain in the western capital.
“We have put a ton of effort into making sure that happens and I hope it does,” Shaw said. “We’re close to a deal but I also want to be realistic and that it’s got to be a good deal for us and the city. If we went out and hounded the city and got every penny out of them, that’s not good either. That’s not sustainable. We really want to set the thing up so it’s around for 20 years in that they’re getting good value from it and feel good about it – we’re getting good value and feeling good about it.”
Duncan said the issue of negotiating the deal to keep the team in Summerside is a lot more complicated than people may think and he would not say when a deal will be completed.
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