Sports Mania

As if the fast-approaching Superbowl wasn't exciting enough, local sports fans will find out soon whether or not Portland will be home to an National Basketball Association Development League team (like the minors of hoops), starting with the 2008-09 season. The guys leading the charge (former TD North president Bill Ryan, and his son Bill Ryan Jr., who owns the Oxford Plains Speedway) have procured the help of former Celtics coaches and players to help sway NBA big wigs, who are also considering Manchester, NH.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, in front of Portland's City Hall, Governor John Baldacci will get in on the act, and "will participate in a public welcome for [NBA] they visit Portland to determine if the city will be awarded an NBA Development League franchise."

So if you're out and about during the late afternoon on Thursday, be sure to paste on your biggest "I heart basketball" smile!
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