Hornets Still Have Not Met Ticket Requirements For Move

Charlotte Hornets owner Ray Wooldridge says meeting quotas for ticket sales and suite sales is the only thing that stands between New Orleans and an NBA team.

The Hornets have a March 15th deadline to sell 2,340 season tickets in order to reach its goal of 8,000 season tickets. They're also 14 suites short of the goal of 54.

The team began its final drive to meet Friday's deadline to prove that New Orleans can support an NBA team.

The final push includes opening regional offices in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, dropping the contractual obligation for season tickets from five years to three and lowering the amount of ticket deposit to $250. Previously, ticket buyers were required to have the $250 deposit plus 25 percent of the total ticket cost.

Wooldridge says he's confident the city will have an NBA team playing in the Big Easy next fall. An NBA committee is expected in New Orleans on March 20 to evaluate the team's proposal to move.