BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, email@example.com •
Modified: November 17, 2010 at 6:34 am •
Published: November 16, 2010
e current format began last year as a 10-team league.
Mortaza shot back to the initial reports.
â€œI thought our plans were for expansion into Oklahoma City, not North Korea,â€ Mortaza said in his initial statement.
A league spokesman said then that the leagueâ€™s executive committee would meet this week to determine whether to proceed with expansion plans. Ultimately the league decided not to pursue Oklahoma City.
â€œUnfortunately, it is the people that ultimately lose in this outcome,â€ Mortaza continued in Tuesdayâ€™s statement. â€œWe would urge the great people of Oklahoma who want their views reflected by their elected officials, to vote accordingly in the next election. For someone who is in favor of small government, their stance in regards to this matter does not exactly scream smaller government. No one should have the power to deem what is entertainment or moral for an entire city.â€
If the league wanted to use either of the city-owned venues, it would first need to work out a lease with SMG, which manages the venues, and then the lease would need to be approved by the Oklahoma City Council. Cornett holds one of the councilâ€™s nine votes.
But Mortaza said it wasnâ€™t worth it to continue.
â€œWhy would we fight to convince a governing body why it is in their favor to reflect the views of a majority of their constituency and be in favor of an initiative that would bring a high-profile sports franchise into their city that will create jobs and revenue while not costing the city a penny.â€
Cornett said the leagueâ€™s expansion plans were not a major issue for him.
â€œIâ€™ve got a lot of other issues that Iâ€™m concerned about before that,â€ Cornett said.