The hosts of ESPN's Pardon The Interruption Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser said that the Hornets should 100 percent NOT stay in New Orleans.
"In post-Katrina New Orleans the economy isn't strong enough to support anything but a football team. You can't have a team that plays at home for 41 dates, you just can't." - Kornheiser
In referring to the NBA's position on the issue and its relationship to Hornets owner George Shinn, Kornheiser said,
"Whether you like the owner or not, the owner is one of your partners, you can't put him in this sort of liability."
After Kornheiser reaffirmed his 100 percent assertion that the Hornets should move, Wilbon speculated the chances of it happening were at 75 percent. (You click here for the full podcast/download, go directly to the 13th minute to hear the New Orleans conversation).
Nola bloggers have been all over the maneuvering to get the team out of the city despite some recent actions that point to the contrary.
With national media pressure and acknowledgment of the situation, it will make it harder for the city to keep the team and easier for the owners to justify leaving.
You can send an email to PTI to tell them your thoughts on the matter. The more emails on the topic, the better the chances are that it makes it on the show. And aside from going to the games themselves, it could be a powerful way of changing the message.