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Conn. Has Interest in Grizzlies

February 14, 2001

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials will be sending letters this week to the NBA and the Vancouver Grizzlies expressing interest in bringing the team to Hartford.

Jim Watson, a spokesman with the state Department of Economic and Community Development, made the announcement Tuesday.

NBA commissioner David Stern announced Monday that the league would support a move of the Grizzlies, a team that expects to lose $40 million this season.

Since then, cities including New Orleans, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Louisville and Nashville have expressed an interest in the team.

Connecticut has been without a major-league sports franchise since the Hartford Whalers of the NHL moved to North Carolina in 1997.

A deal to move the NFL’s New England Patriots to Hartford fell through in 1999.

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