Monday, June 12, 2017

Jackson makes final five

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 


Jackson is one step closer to being chosen as the home of the NBA Pelicans G League.  The initial list of potential homes for the league stood at 11, with five (5) locations submitting the Request for Proposal (RFP).  Jackson is vying for this opportunity as well as Baton Rouge, Mobile, Pensacola and Shreveport.  

The RFP committee consisted public and private organizations including The City of Jackson, The Fair Commission, Jackson State University, Downtown Jackson Partners, The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, and Jackson Public Schools.  A five member delegation from Jackson presented before the Pelican board this past Friday, making the case that Jackson should be the home for the league.

As Jackson chosen, basketball fans can look forward to seeing them play fall 2018 at the MS Coliseum.

Now is a great time for the Greater Jackson Metro Area to show their support through the #WeAreJackson Pelicans social media campaign.  Don't forget follow and tag the Pelicans organization using the hashtag, #WeAreJacksonPelicans

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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see some positive news! Hope it works!

Anonymous said...

With the financial position of Jackson, the public school successes, the financial strength of Jackson State University, the crime rate, the open door policies of JPD and the Sheriffs dept. etc., this should be in NBA parlance "a slam dunk".

Anonymous said...

What kind of mascot are we looking at potentially?

Headless Horsemen?
Fighting Chockwes?
Pothole Pelicans?

Anonymous said...

Per the Twin Lake project's vivid presentation renderings, I propose they name the team the Pearl River Blue Waves, for the beautiful water the rendering have provided us.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:49. You left out The Silverback Stokesburg Boyzz.

Anonymous said...

The players will just love the amenities here. If nothing else, it will scare them into success.

Anonymous said...

So ... the "good news" is that we made the "top 5," meaning that we are one of five cities that bothered to submit an RFP?

That's like bragging that your kid is getting significant playing time on the Upward Basketball team.

Anonymous said...

2:18 wins the internet for today.

Anonymous said...

I was going to write a snarky post about how we should get Greg Disotell, the crook who wooed Ben Allen with his arena football proposal, to roof Smith-Wills for our brand new NBA team.

But looking him up, I forgot his team was called the Mississippi Headhunters.

Yikes.

Anonymous said...

which is it? all i read on here is how jackson is dead..nothing to do..was great in the 1950's..never going to mount a plan


then something like this comes along and its all--jackson is a craphole and this is a crap opportunity. thug league..and so forth

if you don't want to ever drive through jackson that's ok. don't hate on something that may improve the quality of life in the city (entertainment and economic development.) chattanooga started with an aquarium. we have to start somewhere also.

Anonymous said...

the G-League is having money dumped into it. the NBA is going to let 18yr olds play in it--until they turn 20 and can go to the NBA. the one-and-done at kentucky will still be there--perhaps

all the up and coming stars are going to choose to get paid and not have to sit in classes for a semester.

'melo ball. jackson pelicans. it would pack the house.

and no--all but one or two ball players at State, Ole Miss, USM or anywhere else could even remotely sniff the level of play that this league has now...

Anonymous said...

As long as JPS is in the group, we should be a shoe-in.

Headless Hopes said...

If the American Civil Liberties Union weighs in on our behalf, will that give us a 'head' up in the process?-

Anonymous said...

Yo 4:29, Chattanooga never tried to form its own country and repatriate its land to descendants of former slaves. We gots a little mo ways to go than Chattanooga and an aquarium.

Anonymous said...

Can we just call the team the Jackson 5, being that there'll be 5 Jacksonians on the court at any given time. I don't believe Joe Jackson ever trademarked the name.

Anonymous said...

The question that comes to my mind is who will attend these games. Most of the players aren't anywhere close to making it to the NBA. I see video of JSU games on the news and most of the time there are less than a few hundred fans there. Don't think people from the suburban areas will have any interests in these games. Don't think Jackson can compete with those other cities pursuing this team. Not trying to be negative, but this will not turn out good.

Anonymous said...

As soon as somebody leaves a severed head at the front door, attendance will drop.

Anonymous said...

Will there be a local team owner?

Anonymous said...

I can't see families from the suburbs bring their kids to this. Like going to a HS basketball game.

Anonymous said...

"which is it? all i read on here is how jackson is dead..nothing to do..was great in the 1950's..never going to mount a plan
then something like this comes along and its all--jackson is a craphole and this is a crap opportunity. thug league..and so forth
if you don't want to ever drive through jackson that's ok. don't hate on something that may improve the quality of life in the city (entertainment and economic development.) chattanooga started with an aquarium. we have to start somewhere also."
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First, jackson so bad that this is considered a boost to quality of life? Secondly, if Jackson were to be awarded this team we would still have incompetent politicians, a white hating mayor, horrible streets, crime, etc

Anonymous said...

Yo history scholar at 5:22, Jackson didn't either. Get your facts straight.

Head games said...

All fun and games until one of the players' head ends up on someone's porch...then they will suddenly move to Shreveport

Anonymous said...

I think this is just a token acknowledgment. Pensacola or Mobile would probably help grow the fan base better than Jackson

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous.. Only if jackson competes with Talulah, LA, Gardendale, AL, or West Memphis, would Jackson ever have a chance at this. Then again, who gives a rip?

Anonymous said...

Yo Mr. Original at 7:17pm, quit stealin my intro and also quit puttin words in my mouf. I never didn't say that Jxn tried to form its own nation. I was implying that elements within the city (i.e. our former mayor and now his spawn) have done so and continue to have fevered dreams on the topic. Our city will continue to spiral downward as we are presented brilliant speeches on Kwanza and Kwame Nkrumah...Chattanooga never has and never will face those same problems. Mississippi always swings back and forth between extremes...black power...no white power....no black power....white power...Karl Oliver and Baby Chok should just get a room.

Anonymous said...

9:29 pm So many of you apparently never heard " if first you don't succeed, try , try again" or " if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

I doubt Jackson will get the team, but no small reason will be the negative publicity all of you give not only Jackson, but all of Mississippi by always bad mouthing.

Thank you all so much for convincing anyone who might think about coming to Mississippi that we are still a hateful, ignorant, and unwelcoming State with nothing positive to offer.

.

Anonymous said...

"Yo history scholar at 5:22, Jackson didn't either. Get your facts straight."

The previous mayor and the incoming mayor both promised exactly those agendas. You can look it up.

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