LC, that fight has been going on since long before Seamus was one of the owners. When the Spectres and Saints merged at the end of 91 they wanted to be the Melbourne Magic but the Tigers kicked up a stink. I personally would like to see the new team called the South Dragons.
As for stage 2 of the project, it is in the plans I believe, but will prob rely on future rounds of funding being available. Let's hope it happens.
Anon, no doubt local govt can cause some hassles on the smaller details like lease agreements. That’s the stuff state and feds want nothing to do with. But if an NBL team wanted to play there and the Council were being unreasonable, I think they would find themselves pulled into line pretty quickly.
State Gov were involved a couple of times in reducing rent for NBL clubs at Vodafone as it was exorbitant. And their money was to create a 'basketball home’, so they wont be impressed in an NBL were being precluded from playing there. I don’t think that will be an issue though, having 15-odd NBL games there each year will be a good money spinner. There aren’t a lot of other tenants for 3500-5000 seat stadiums.