Today, the Orlando Magic announced that they will purchase Erie’s existing NBA Development League franchise and relocate it to Lakeland, Florida. While this news is certainly disappointing, the BayHawks staff and the McCormick family are not without hope for next season. The announcement from the Orlando Magic can be read in its entirety here.
As Erie natives, we are committed to trying to find another NBA partner to place a team in Erie starting for the 2017-18 season. We are optimistic as conversations with new potential NBA partners are happening and will know more in the near future. With respect to the process that the NBA is conducting, we are not at liberty to discuss any specifics at this time.
We believe Erie has a great combination of resources that make it an attractive destination for another NBA team to place a Development League team here. The recently renovated Erie Insurance Arena, our long-standing partnership with LECOM and numerous other corporate partners, and a solid base of season ticket members and fans, have all helped contribute to Erie’s nine years of off-the-court success in the D-League. Our hope is that next season we can continue to deliver the family fun and entertainment that’s become synonymous with the BayHawks.
We will share updates as we know more, but in the meantime our staff remains dedicated to the current season and the full slate of upcoming promotions and special events already planned.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to the remainder of the season,
– Owner, Owen McCormick & President, Matt Bresee