Businessman George Shinn, accompanied by a North Carolina contingent that included Gov. Jim Martin and Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, presented National Basketball Assn. Commissioner David Stern a $100,000 check, formally applying for an expansion franchise.
Charlotte became the fourth applicant for membership in the NBA, joining Miami, Minneapolis and Orange County, Calif.
Stern, who accepted the check at a news conference, said he expects two more cities, possibly Toronto and either Tampa or Orlando, Fla., to make presentations to the league before the NBA's Board of Governors meeting in October, when it will discuss expansion.