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WWE News: Timeline of events in the WWE vs. NBA conflict over the Pepsi Center for next week's Raw

May 18, 2009 - 7:18:10 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

ESPN.com published a timeline of events concerning the conflict between WWE and NBA over who has the right to run the Pepsi Center in Denver next Monday, May 25.

According to ESPN, Pepsi Center officials are deferring all concerns about the WWE-NBA conflict to the NBA, who made the Playoffs schedule. ESPN.com report.

-- August 2008: According to WWE's press release, WWE booked the Pepsi Center for the live Raw taping on Monday, May 25.

-- March 2009: The Pepsi Center in Denver confirmed with WWE that they wanted to keep the scheduled date. Denver Nuggets were positioned to be a top seed in the NBA Playoffs, meaning they could still be playing into late May.

-- April 11, 2009: Tickets went on-sale for the event at the Pepsi Center.

-- April 15, 2009: Pepsi Center officials sent a contract to WWE to agree to run the event according to arena guidelines. WWE signed and returned the contract.

-- May 16, 2009: The NBA released the Western Conference Playoffs schedule that included a Game 4 on Monday night, May 25.

-- May 17, 2009: Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets, setting the Playoff schedule for the Game 4 to be played in Denver on Monday, May 25.

Caldwell's Analysis: The story, which we broke on Saturday when the NBA released the schedule, has taken on a life of its own. It was discussed on this evening's sports radio talk shows here in Houston and will certainly generate more talk after the AP picked up the WWE press release and the issue hasn't even been resolved yet. Stay tuned.


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