Boulder sports fans have long been known as one of the few places in the U.S. where the team they love is competing.
Now, one Boulder sports franchise is trying to attract and retain a growing pool of new talent.
The Boulder City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a resolution that urges city officials to look into whether Boulder should be a destination for future NBA players.
The resolution, which was introduced by City Council Member Jim Withers and passed unanimously, calls for a comprehensive study on the city’s potential sports destination, including its potential for attracting NBA players, and asks Boulder City Manager Michael Kaller to submit the results to the council.
Boulder is home to a host of high-profile NBA teams, including the Warriors and Nuggets, and Boulder is also a favorite among NBA players for its proximity to the NBA-owned University of Colorado.
A majority of the city council voted against the resolution, however, saying it did not go far enough to help the city compete in the NBA.
“The city of Boulder is the hometown of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and it is a home for its current NBA franchise, the Boulder City Warriors,” the resolution reads.
“This resolution is a call to action to help us address the city of Colorado’s competitive advantages as a sports destination.”
It also says the city is “committed to supporting the growth of the sport in our community.”
The resolution also asks Kallers staff to identify the city as a potential destination for NBA players and make recommendations on ways to do so.
Kallers response to the recommendation is due no later than Feb. 28, 2020, and will be discussed at the Feb. 25 meeting of the Boulder city council.
In response to a separate request for proposals from NBA teams seeking to host future NBA teams in the city, Boulder City Commissioner Bill Schulz said the city has not heard back from any teams yet.
“We have been in communication with all of the teams that have expressed interest in hosting an NBA team,” Schulz told KVTV.
“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to provide some feedback in the near future.”
I’m hopeful we’ll hear back from those teams in a few months,” he said.
Schulz said he does not expect to receive any bids for hosting NBA games until the 2020-21 season, which will be the last year the city hosts a team.
The NBA announced in December that the Warriors would be relocating to the University of Denver, and the Nuggets have said they will move to the city in 2019.
The city has long been a basketball hotbed, and Kallerman said he believes the new NBA players will come from Boulder.”
This is a great opportunity to help create a stronger Boulder, and a great place to start the next chapter of Boulder sports and culture,” he told KVRT-TV.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents have visited Boulder to inspect the facilities of the Denver Nuggets, but no arrests have been made, and no weapons have been seized, said Kalller.”
Boulder City Manager Jim Wilshere said the Boulder community has been waiting for a chance to play in the league, and he is proud of the effort the city and NBA have put into making the community a destination.””
The Boulder community is behind this, and we want to make sure they get a feel for what this is like and the culture of this city.”
Boulder City Manager Jim Wilshere said the Boulder community has been waiting for a chance to play in the league, and he is proud of the effort the city and NBA have put into making the community a destination.
“When you have the opportunity to play for your team, you know that’s a privilege,” Wilsheres said.
“They are going to want to come here.
This is a chance for them to get to play here and be a part of the culture.
I’m very excited for them.
It’s been really cool to be part of this process.”
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