Professional basketball is apparently leaving the city where the game of basketball was invented.
The Springfield Armor, a team in the NBA’s Development League, will be sold and the franchise moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to published reports in both Massachusetts and Michigan. Spokespeople for the Springfield team and the league declined comment. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the news came as a surprise to him.
" It is a setback. I am disappointed. I would like to see the Springfield Armor stay here, but I don't run their purse strings."
Sarno noted that when the Springfield Falcons hockey team was struggling with poor attendance a few years ago, he rallied the business community for a campaign to boost season ticket sales, and cut a deal to lower the cost of parking for the hockey games.