Lacrosse back in Vancouver

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

The Vancouver Ravens need to find a nest and an audience.

National Lacrosse League governors voted yesterday to re-admit the team for 2008 if it sells 2,500 season ticket deposits and signs an arena lease by July 19.

The Ravens struck out during their original 2001 to 2004 run at General Motors Place under three-straight cash-strapped owners, but the league believes that won't be an issue this time around.

Seattle-based ex-NFL and NBA executive Bob Whitsitt is poised to be general partner of the re-hatched Ravens, which will be financed by Seattle and Vancouver sources. Whitsitt originally sought a Seattle franchise, but Ravens' founder Tom Mayenknecht convinced him to look north first.

Whitsitt is talking to both General Motors Place, the Ravens' original home, and Pacific Coliseum.

"They both work," he said. "The good news is there's two buildings in Vancouver."

Ticket deposits will cost $25.

If the conditions are met, the new Ravens would begin play in January.

"Now we can have some fun with it and get it to the finish line," Whitsitt said.


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