Some Thoughts on W and Comets
I still do not understand why the Comets had to disband. Let me explain...
In this My Fox Houston article, WNBA President Donna Orender is quoted saying: "All of our energies were focused on finding a viable ownership group in the city of Houston. As such, going really to the wire with a group that expressed an interest and desire to keep it there, at some point, you can't start in another city. We're really too late to be able to drive success in another market. We were really focused on driving success in the Houston market."
My answer to her statement is REALLY?!
When I wrote the post "Comets Sold?", that was based on three different sources telling me what they were told. Each source was connected with the Comets -- either directly or indirectly. I wrote the post because I was tired of the secrecy and I wanted to get a definitive answer regarding what was going on with the Comets. News about the Comets' disbanding was announced just a few days after my post.
This past Saturday, a few more basketball people I know told me they had heard the Comets were going to be sold. One source told me two different groups were interested in buying the team. Each source told me they were saddened and surprised at the news the Comets were disbanding. "If things were so bad, why didn't they ask for more help?" was one response I received from one source.
Now, chew on this tidbit, I was told Rice University was contacted by someone (I'm not sure by whom) associated with the Comets inquiring into the Comets' playing their games inside the new Tudor Fieldhouse in 2009. I received that info almost two weeks ago.
Therefore, if these sources are accurate, why did the WNBA choose to disband the Comets in 2009?
At the very least, the league could have run the team in 2009 with hopes more time would result in a more agreeable ownership situation for the league, the Comets' organization, and the Comets' fans.
I simply don't believe ALL of the options were explored before the WNBA's marquee franchise was allowed to fade away into the sunset.