Even though this is probably just a rumor, it still doesn't sit well with me. The timing for this to happen is just downright scary.
One thing that seems incorrect is the notion that the Simons are trying to leverage the C.I.B. Didn't the head of the C.I.B. come out and say that they would cover the $15M short fall if they had the money? The state approved the way to collect the money... The jam up was in the Indianapolis City-County Council not wanting to increase the hotel tax and Jim Irsay not willing to renegotiate his deal to come off of $5M per year. (A deal is a deal... Yeah, whatever... Until business decides that the deal isn't working for them!)
I know that we all want the Pacers to stay here, but is the rest of Indianapolis ready to let the Pacers go? Every time you read a Star article, the comments are pretty angry towards the franchise, still. I could only stomach reading about 3 of the comments at the end of the Indiana Barrister article. Maybe it's true that Indianapolis can only support one pro franchise, as the 2005 study determined. When that study was done, I'd never guess that we'd be thinking that this franchise could be the odd man out. Never would have guessed it!