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Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 5:50 pm  |  9 responses

Seattle Politicians Not Ready to Support Initiative to Bring Back an NBA Team


The city council in Seattle isn’t satisfied with investor Chris Hansen’s initial proposal to bring back an NBA squad, and his plan to build an arena that’s paid for in part by public funds. Per the AP: “The Council wants to alter a memorandum of understanding between Chris Hansen and the city to ensure that a portion of tax revenues generated by a new arena would help pay for local transportation improvements. Currently, the proposal calls for those taxes to be used to pay off the $200 million in city and county bonds that would be issued to help pay for the $490 million arena. Traffic concerns in the SoDo neighborhood – where Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field and the Port of Seattle all share limited neighborhood space – have been at the core of arguments against Hansen’s plan.”

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  • LA Huey

    We got enough problems to he concerned with building a stadium for an NBA/NHL team we might not get for an indefinite period of time.

  • SikhWitIt

    “Traffic concerns” is the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard. Baseball and basketball/hockey season barely overlap in the Spring and the Fall (and let’s face it, when are the Ms going to be playing in October?). So that means the issue is really about outletting the traffic from one NBA arena or one MLB stadium out of the SODO district. Since we’ve been doing it for so long with just Safeco, it makes no sense to then kill plans for an NBA/NHL arena over traffic.

  • Brainwashers

    If you want a prosperous community, encourage the things that a prosperous community has to offer.

  • Rory Buttelmann

    Seattle city council and it’s polititions should be thanking Hansen and all the people involved in bringing back an NBA team. But instead there shutting down all hopes of bringing an NBA team back after they are the ones that let our team go.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    So the chance for a sick comeback team is shut down by potential traffic problems?! ?!? That’s like saying a Vancouver basketball team is being held back because of a lack of fans… idiots

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Seattle Supersonics was an iconic franchise. It’s a trvesty that the team is no longer there. The media and the league went in on Lebron after the Decision, but the Sonics owner took an entire franchise, jobs included, to OKC yet he gets a pass. I wonder why?

  • bt

    ^^ Several reasons
    1)Casual fans support players and teams and don’t care/know who owns the teams
    2) Everyone loves KD so no one hates on the Thunder
    3) Other teams (Sacremento etc) are just thankful it wasn’t them that was relocated.
    4) He had a pretty legit excuse to point to with the whole Stadium thing.
    5) It wasn’t the 90′s anymore, Seattle weren’t exactly making noise in the playoffs at the time, so it was easier to move the team on the down low.
    6) He bought the team, he can do what he likes with it.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    ^If you think Clay Bennett got a pass for his move to Oklahoma, you obviously stayed away from the media for a solid year. Dude took HEAT for what he did.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    @bt And just to think, the entire time the Shock Exchange thought Bennett received a pass for a more “tangible” reason. Thank-you for the discertation by the way.

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