If you ever find yourself in the city of Cleveland and need CPR, look no further than LeBron James. In case you missed it, Justin’s “Purpose” world tour was scheduled to touch down at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on April 26th … the same night as Game 5 in the Cavs vs. Pistons series according to TMZ. How did LeBron James save Justin Bieber’s concert?
The Cleveland Cavaliers were so confident that they would sweep the Detroit Pistons that they scheduled a freaking Justin Bieber concert on a night the night that the NBA playoffs are scheduled. Don’t be shocked, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Denver Nuggets did the same thing to Vince McMahon and the WWE, who ended up moving their event to the Staples arena in 2009.
“They bumped us right out of the building, hardly an apology,” McMahon said Wednesday. “They didn’t do anything for us at all, and the media was talking about someone has to write a check. They didn’t want to write anything and they wanted to give us a Sunday night. And the name of the show is Monday Night Raw.”
However, Kroenke Sports claims McMahon had previously agreed to a deal to shift the event to Sunday.
“We negotiated in good faith with Vince and believed we had a deal in principal as of Tuesday,” Kroenke Sports executive vice president Paul Andrews said. “In fact, it was so clear to us that we did that we asked Vince to do a joint press release. He said, ‘Paul, I have no problem with a joint press release.’ Then, he asked us if he could get five tickets to the Denver Nuggets’ game on Monday night so he could apologize to Mr. Kroenke [Nuggets owner Stan] in person.
“That was Tuesday. We find out by a press announcement today by Vince, who I believe is the master of propaganda, that he’s moving the event to the Staples Center. He didn’t even contact us to tell us he hadn’t accepted the deal we negotiated the night before, so we’re quite shocked, frankly.”
WWE executive vice president Shane McMahon, at a press conference at Staples Center, said the Kroenke offer came too late.
“They tried to be amicable but we’re really at such a loss of words because we were expecting a capacity crowd. Had sold 11,000 as of last week,” he said. “We’ve been on sale since August so everyone knew we were coming. We built everything around it. That’s what we do. We promote and build the event.”
These types of events are rare but do occur. And for all you Beliebers, be sure to thank LeBron James. And for all the other fans out there, always remember; NBA comes first.