The Denver Nuggets are scheduled to host Game Four of the Western Conference Finals versus the Los Angeles Lakers Monday at the Pepsi Center.
Unfortunately, the chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Vincent Kennedy McMahon, reserved the Pepsi Center on the same day and time for his Monday Night Raw event last August and he is unwilling to let Nuggets Owner Stan Kroenke renege on their agreement.
"Quite frankly, it's my view that Stan Kroenke should be arrested, should be arrested for impersonating a good businessman, because he's not a good businessman," McMahon, 63, said on ESPN. "A good businessman doesn't book a World Wrestling Federation live televised event on Monday night realizing that his team in all likelihood would not make the playoffs."
WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the company already sold more than 10,000 tickets and the organization anticipates a sellout.
Mr. McMahon said his crews will be in Denver on Monday night because he can’t let the team “just simply throw us out on our ear.”
A renowned analyst with Hilliard Lyons, Jeffrey Thomison, who has covered the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, said he does not recall a similar dispute in the past and he believes that McMahon will maintain his firm stance.
"I don't think he's putting on an act here," Thomison said of McMahon. "He genuinely is upset."
The male soap opera known as Raw is one of the top-rated programs on cable television, attracting approximately six million viewers weekly.
"The conflict has to be resolved very soon," Thomison continued. "Monday Night Raw is a very valuable asset to the company."
The Executive Vice President of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Paul Andrews, publicly cowered to McMahon and issued a flimsy statement to the media Monday night that expressed his desire to reach a harmonious compromise with WWE’s brass.
"We are working with the WWE to resolve the situation amicably," Andrews quivered.
The Denver Nuggets are historically a pathetic franchise and, to some degree, one can understand the lack of faith that Kroenke exhibited in his basketball squad.
Prior to this season, the Nuggets had not won a playoff series since 1994 and they have been absent from the Western Conference Finals since they made their last trip there in 1985.
Nevertheless, this debacle is entirely Kroenke’s fault and McMahon is correct with the position he has taken in this circumstance.
Kroenke, a business entrepreneur who is listed in the Forbes 400 as one of the wealthiest people in the world, needs to bow to WWE suits and rectify the mistake that he made in Mile High.
If Kroenke doesn’t fully compensate for his egregious error, McMahon should have “Stone Cold” Steve Austin break a Coors beer bottle over his cranium.
“And that’s the bottom line, ‘cause Stone Cold said so!”