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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.

For more see the print edition of the Journal Pioneer

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Journal Pioneer

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • Scott
    May 10, 2012 - 02:41

    I really enjoyed the Storm games and was impressed to find that Islanders weren't as single minded as I thought. I think it's healthy to give our children more options, rather that play this sport kids, because it's what we grew up on, and it's all we know. Let's keep expanding and experimenting, so that we may all bloom from the new seeds we plant.

  • WJF
    May 09, 2012 - 14:50

    While I understand the concerns of the "tax payers" is there not a benefit of some economic spin off business? A few extra jobs are created, people come to Summerside from outside the community to spend some entertainment dollars, and the town gets some regular National Media as being part of this league. To me it seems like a good idea to give a discounted rental amount of bigger cut of concessions to have this team stay in PEI

  • Amanda
    May 09, 2012 - 13:16

    This makes me laugh.. Here the "City" wanted to change family day to storm day meanwhile the storms may not be coming back... Nice try!!

  • Adam Connolly
    May 09, 2012 - 11:08

    This is great news although if it ends up being for just 1 season, will we be stuck dealing with this all over again next offseason? Here's hoping this team is in Summerside for the long haul

  • John
    May 09, 2012 - 10:10

    oh great! More money going to the private sector from the tax payers wallet. The Charlottetown Rocket receive 200,000 dollars of public money - I wonder how much the Storm receive?

  • concerned
    May 09, 2012 - 02:04

    I want to start by saying it would be nice for the team to remain in Sumerside. However any tax payers money going into this is not right. this is a private business venture owned by millionaires. If they want the team they should fund the team. Tax payers money in Summerside has been misused and abused for several years and it really has to stop. I know any deal that is struck the finacials will not be disclosed to the public. I recall CEO Terry Murphy saying that no tax payers money would be used and it was a strict rental of the facility. Obviously not by the comments of the team ownership. Money obviously has been put into this from the city. City residents money could be used for much more productive stuff then a basketball team. Again I do hope they stay and will go to some games, but strongly oppose any major contribution of taxpayer dollars.

  • Ken
    May 08, 2012 - 21:32

    The Storm is a great part of Summerside, let's hope the Storm stays!

    May 08, 2012 - 21:12

    Sounds like the usual the owners provide the effort and the taxpayers provide the money. I do not believe this Island will ever change and stay out of PRIVATE BUSINESS. Thay will not even say how much was lost last year or what the taxpayers are paying this year.

  • ha
    May 08, 2012 - 18:17

    Heard the Caps have been waiting to negotiate a deal as well. Wonder how this will affect them with the RBC in Summerside next season. Even heard council has approved for the storm to take some of the Caps home dates. Maybe the City should start worrying about some of the other long term tenants at the CUP as well.