In a statement released last night, Edge accuses St. John’s Sports and Entertainment of misrepresenting their loyal supporters and the city of St. John’s taxpayers by effectively forcing the St. John’s Edge and the National Basketball League of Canada to quit. the Mile One Center. .
The St. John’s Edge is making no effort in its assessment of today’s development regarding a tentative deal with a new basketball team. pic.twitter.com/lnryF8Vs1K
– Linda Swain (@LindaSwainVOCM) July 15, 2021
The Edge says its fan base deserves better, as does the team, which, after three successful seasons as primary tenants of Mile One, lead the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC).
The Edge says they have been tasked by St. John’s Sports and Entertainment to come to an agreement on outstanding issues, including a resolution of debts owed on the recently installed 360 LED panel in the center.
The team then negotiated a structured deal to transfer the franchise to Deacon Sports and Entertainment to sort out the issues and continue to deliver the same level of basketball to the city.
Growlers return to the drawing board
It’s the return to the drawing board for Deacon Sports, owner of the Newfoundland Growlers.
The team had submitted a proposal for the Growlers and the Edge basketball team as primary tenants of the Mile One Center, but yesterday the city said it was looking instead for a new basketball franchise with the local businessman Tony Kenny.
With Edge seemingly out of sight, Growlers president Glenn Stanford was asked what the future holds for the hockey team.
He says everything remains in abeyance, adding that it’s back to square one now that his proposal has been rejected.
Counselor Korab responds
Meanwhile, the City of St. John’s has said the ball is in Deacon Sports’ court regarding signing a new lease to bring the St. John’s Edge back to Mile One.
Councilor Jamie Korab notes that a 10-year lease with Edge and Growlers was never signed.
He says they honored the lease, but without any signature, in April they informed the teams that their exclusivity was “void” and that the city was “open for business.”
As to why this 10-year lease was never signed, Korab says that’s a question for Edge.
He says they asked for the lease to be signed “several times”, but that never happened.
City says SJSE remains anxious to sign a lease with the Growlers for next season.