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Orlando Magic unable to get hotel reservations in Indianapolis on Super Bowl Weekend

Jan 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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From the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins:

The Magic are scrambling to find hotel accommodations prior to their game this upcoming Saturday against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

There’s just one problem: There are no hotel rooms available in Indianapolis because Super Bowl XLVI will be played there the following day.

“You guys can comment on that and save me my money,” Van Gundy told reporters, referring to a potential fine from the league if he said something controversial. “But when you come out with the schedule in December and have a game in the Super Bowl city, lodging might be a problem.”

The Magic asked the league if they could simply stay in Orlando and fly to Indianapolis on the day of the game to play the Pacers, but the league shut that down out of the fear that the flight would get delayed somehow and the game would have to be cancelled. Ultimately, the Magic will spend the night before the Pacers game in a hotel in Cincinnati. Not the finest moment for the NBA’s scheduling department, which, while trying to cram 66 games into a truncated schedule, appears to have made a bit of an oversight.

  1. baron30 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    you would think the super bowl would be the easiest conflict to avoid in scheduling

    • rodgersmvp - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Stern: “Anything going on in Indianapolis in February?
      Schedule Guy: “Well the NFL…”
      Stern: “SKKSJDGKLSJDG:J NBA BEST!!!! BOOK IT!!”

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Should’ve just played it out on a couple of 360s. Then again, Howard couldn’t whine that way, people would just remove headsets.

  3. justbhouse2 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Simple solution, switch Orlando’s March home game against Indiana with Saturday’s game.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Now that just makes too much common sense!

  4. daroc88 - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    NBA players have girlfriends in every NBA city. Have the players shack up for a day or two with their side chicks. The only players who may have lodging are the rookies. Simple and practical solution.

    • daroc88 - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      **Edit: Only players who may not have lodging are rookies.

  5. ima9er4life - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    That sucks

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