Mayor Coleman interested in bringing NBA to Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman wants to add a professional basketball team to the city's roster.

The Mayor sent a letter to NBA commissioner, David Stern, voicing an interest in bringing an existing franchise or a whole new team to Columbus.

The letter was sent after the city of Columbus and Franklin County worked out a public purchase of Nationwide Arena, also home of the professional hockey team, the Blue Jackets.

According to Vice President of Communications, Tim Frank, the NBA does not currently have plans to expand, nor have any teams applied to relocate.

The city of Columbus would have to consider several factors if trying to successfully secure an NBA team. This includes gathering financial support, the already existing professional hockey team and the close distance of nearby NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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