It's not quite as exciting as landing a big free agent, but Raptors fans attending games at the Air Canada Centre will enjoy the fruits of a $48-million expansion to the facility that includes the west side Atrium expansion, new amenities, state-of-the-art technology, a new broadcast studio and improvements to the in-arena fan experience. Check out the video here.
... bad news
On the other hand, we have a story flying under the radar (pardon the pun) that could have a significant negative impact on the upcoming Raptors season. Air Canada is currently suing the United States government over its insistence that the carrier cancel all of its season-long sports charter flights. A hearing in the case is currently scheduled for Monday.
Bad news part 2
In a league already plagued by bad officiating and suspect stat keeping, this is the last thing you need to read: NBA referees expect to be locked out when exhibition play starts October 1.