Ticket Holders Upset With NBL

Windsor Express battle the London Lightning in game seven of the NBL semi-finals, April 1, 2014. (photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Officials with the NBL Canada team in London expect team owners to hold an emergency conference call after a media member was forced to leave last night’s game.

London Free Press columnist Morris Dalla Costa was escorted out of the WFCU Centre before tip-off of Game 7 because Windsor’s owner didn’t like Dalla Costa’s critiques of the team or the league.

London Lightning GM Taylor Brown says the negative publicity that’s followed the columnists ejection could hurt the league. “I’ve had two emails from season ticket holders today, my season ticket holders, that were so upset with the decision that they’re thinking about cancelling their season tickets for the London Lightning,” says Brown. “I mean that in itself is turning out to be bad for us.”

Brown says the NBL has its hands full trying to decide how to handle the situation and if anyone should be penalized. He adds that the London organization won’t seek retribution against Windsor area media next season and would never look to eject any member of the media in general for their coverage of the team or the league.

NBL Canada Commissioner Paul Riley has also issued an official statement regarding last night’s incident.