With Pepsi Center busy, WWE may move to Lakers' home

2:27 PM, May 19, 2009   |    comments
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World Wrestling Entertainment was scheduled to have a live broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw on Monday, May 25 at the Pepsi Center at 7 p.m.

However, because the Denver Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals, that Monday the Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play Game 4 of their best of seven series.

The WWE has held the May 25 date with the Pepsi Center since Aug. 15, 2008 and a spokesman says they have already sold 10,000 tickets.

According to the WWE Web site, there have been offers from numerous other venues to host the live event. Among the arenas offering are Madison Square Garden in New York City and the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, home of the Lakers.

On Monday, the WWE said it had reached an "impasse" with the Nuggets over what it called a "scheduling debacle."

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon seemed to hold Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke personally responsible for the problem.

"Apparently Stan Kroenke did not have enough faith in his team to think they were going to make the playoffs. Otherwise, why would he have given us the date, allowed us to sell tickets and put us in this debacle," McMahon said. "It's inept management at its best."

No final solution to the conflict has been announced. If the event is moved, it's also unclear what would happen to Pepsi Center ticketholders.

Paul Andrews, executive vice president of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, released a statement on the matter on Monday night: "Due to the unpredictability of the NBA playoff schedule, a scheduling conflict has arisen at Pepsi Center on May 25. We are working with the WWE to resolve the situation amicably."

A spokesperson for the Denver Coliseum says that venue was offered to the WWE who declined to use it. The Denver Coliseum has a capacity of around 10,000 people.

The Pepsi Center capacity is more than 19,000.

The conflict didn't arise until Sunday, when the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Had the Rockets won, Denver would have had home-court advantage in the next round, hosting Games 1 and 2 and putting the May 25 game in Houston.

Click here to read the WWE's latest statement.

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