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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, July 16, 2012


The Villanova basketball program may soon have a new home --- that, according to at least one internationally recognized sports superstar who convinced that the Pavilion will be imploded to make way for a new arena.

That would be Billie Jean King, owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis, which plays its home games at the Pavilion.

"Someday, they are going to implode this and we will have an even nicer arena," King said Monday night, before the Freedoms' game against the Kansas City Explorers. "They will build a beautiful, new one too."

Is that a fact?

"I know," King said. "Yeah. I know. I am thrilled about that. It will be nice to have a new facility. Oh, yeah, they are definitely going to someday have a new facility and it will be great. Right here where we are standing. This will be imploded. But most people know where Villanova is. They used to have tournaments here years ago. Everyone kind of knows this is the tennis place for the greater Philadelphia area. And the Freedoms are really thrilled to be here. The Villanova people cannot be nicer. And that makes a huge difference."


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