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Bad Scheduling Leads to Conflict between WWE and Denver Nuggets

By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on May 19, 2009 8:17 AM

Apparently the NBA and WWE may be headed for a cage match, the AP reports. This because someone forgot to plan for the potential scheduling conflict at the Pepsi Center between Monday Night Raw and the NBA Western Conference finals series. Hey, on the other hand, there might be some good money to be had in watching, say, Kenyon Martin take on a WWE star (although Kenyon might prefer someone else in the other corner).

Still chairman of the WWE, Vince McMahon, appropriately had some fighting words for the Denver Nuggets' owner:

"Even though the Denver Nuggets had a strong team this year and were projected to make the playoffs, obviously Nuggets and Pepsi Center owner Stan Kroenke did not have enough faith in his own team to hold the May 25th date for a potential playoff game"

Ouch! But can Vince McMahon really blame Kroenke too much? If someone's crystal ball told them that, despite the Nuggets' loss of key personnel last year such as Marcus Camby and Allen Iverson, their substitution by Chauncey Billups (and of course the Birdman, Chris Anderson) would lead the team to the edge of a championship series, well, there might be a lot of people who'd want to hire them.

Of course, maximizing the disaster of the conflict, the WWE "expects a sellout" and has already sold 10,000 tickets, per its spokesman. But, to be fair to the indignant WWE, it did make its reservations well in advance, specifically on Aug. 15 of last year. To make matters worse, foresight for the Nuggets probably should have been improved by the time the reservation was confirmed in March and the contract was finalized in mid-April.

At any rate, all the talk back and forth just reinforces the notion that the whole situation is one that lends itself to resolution via the right sum of cash, no eye gouges or dropkicks required.

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