"We should feel it’s a job well done, if you win an NBA franchise. You should embrace that franchise over the next 20 years. Recruiting industry is a high-stakes game.” Now, of course, Oklahoma City is off the NHL radar. We are not a two-franchise city. Maybe in 20 years, but not now. Not any time soon. "Oklahoma City was an impressive candidate,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. Daly said OKC’s courtship with the NHL helped demonstrate the city’s viability as a major-league market. That’s doubtful. The Hornet home run put Oklahoma City front and center, and the NHL didn’t have anything to do with having us ready to take in George Shinn’s wayward franchise. But it’s nice to hear nice things from a major-league sport’s No. 2 man. "There was a lot to like about Oklahoma City,” Daly said. "We were going to have the right building. The demographics of the city were attractive. "One of the major advantages of cities, if you’re the first in, you can establish a competitive foothold. That is very attractive. You want to be in a situation where you’re the first in.” First in was the NBA. Let’s hear it for unanswered prayers. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.
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