NBA in Seattle http://kplu.org en Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle http://kplu.org/post/will-hockey-win-new-developments-nhls-race-nba-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150817608&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A recent visit by the head of the National Hockey League has people in Seattle once again talking about whether the NHL will beat the NBA to town. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's "score one" for the hockey execs. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16785 at http://kplu.org Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena http://kplu.org/post/chris-hansen-fined-trying-undo-kings-arena <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:06:33 +0000 The Associated Press 9936 at http://kplu.org Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan http://kplu.org/post/court-rejects-longshoremens-challenge-seattle-arena-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s&nbsp;</span>SoDo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;neighborhood.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:04:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 9928 at http://kplu.org Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan Seattle Investor Regrets Bid to Defeat Kings Arena http://kplu.org/post/seattle-investor-regrets-bid-defeat-kings-arena <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen says he regrets funding a secretive effort to block a new downtown arena for Sacramento's professional basketball team.</span></p><div><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Hansen's involvement was disclosed by California's campaign watchdog Friday.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 03:03:41 +0000 The Associated Press 9658 at http://kplu.org Seattle Investor Regrets Bid to Defeat Kings Arena NBA owners: Sacramento Kings to stay put http://kplu.org/post/nba-owners-sacramento-kings-stay-put <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The 22-to-8 vote followed a recommendation made last month by the NBA's relocation committee and may have finally brought an end to an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 16.799999237060547px;">"This was not an anti-Seattle vote; this was a pro-Sacramento vote," said NBA Commissioner David Stern.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:20:28 +0000 Martha Kang & The Associated Press 8793 at http://kplu.org NBA owners: Sacramento Kings to stay put With NBA's final decision looming, Hansen ups bid http://kplu.org/post/nbas-final-decision-looming-hansen-ups-bid <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson already celebrating his city’s victory in the bid to keep the Kings in town, Chris Hansen and his Seattle-based investment group upped the ante on Friday.</span></p><p>Hansen said his group has raised the proposed purchase price for the franchise by $75 million, bringing the total to $625 million “in an effort to further demonstrate the extent of our commitment to bring basketball back.” The group also guaranteed to the league that the franchise would be a revenue sharing payer, Hansen said.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:23:48 +0000 Martha Kang & Gabriel Spitzer 8738 at http://kplu.org With NBA's final decision looming, Hansen ups bid NBA committee recommends denial of Kings move to Seattle http://kplu.org/post/nba-committee-recommends-denial-kings-move-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It appears there will be no professional basketball in Seattle this year. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The NBA’s relocation committee has favored keeping the Kings franchise in Sacramento, turning down a bid to revive the Sonics.&nbsp;</p><p>The unanimous vote leaves a number of questions about what happens next for investor Chris Hansen and his attempts to bring the Sonics back to Seattle.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:37:13 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8614 at http://kplu.org NBA committee recommends denial of Kings move to Seattle Letter: Maloofs favor Seattle's deal for Kings http://kplu.org/post/letter-maloofs-favor-seattles-deal-kings <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Maloof family is asking NBA owners to approve the sale of the Kings to a Seattle group, saying there is "significant distance between us and the Sacramento group."</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a letter sent to the NBA's relocation and finance committee, and obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the Maloof family said the Sacramento group originally matched the $525 million valuation for the franchise that Chris Hansen negotiated. Hansen then increased the valuation offer to $550 million last week.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:31:26 +0000 The Associated Press 8483 at http://kplu.org Stern to McGinn: Don't expect Kings decision this week http://kplu.org/post/stern-mcginn-dont-expect-kings-decision-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don’t expect a decision this week on the fate of the Sacramento Kings.</span></p><p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said NBA Commissioner David Stern cautioned as much during a phone call on Monday. The mayor said he had called to tell the commissioner that “we were pushing ahead here in Seattle."</p><p>"He informed me then that he does not expect a decision out of the NBA on Friday, that it will be sometime after the meeting that we’ll get a decision made," McGinn said.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:20:30 +0000 Ashley Gross & The Associated Press 8418 at http://kplu.org Stern to McGinn: Don't expect Kings decision this week Sacramento mayor reveals new investor in Kings bid http://kplu.org/post/sacramento-mayor-reveals-new-investor-kings-bid <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron </span>Burkle<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"> in the city's bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.</span></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:00:22 +0000 The Associated Press 8366 at http://kplu.org Sacramento mayor reveals new investor in Kings bid Economist says Sacramento Kings fight may yield antitrust lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/economist-says-sacramento-kings-fight-may-yield-antitrust-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the NBA weighs whether to allow the Kings basketball team to move to Seattle from Sacramento, the league has to consider the possibility of an antitrust lawsuit.</span></p><p>Why should the Sacramento Kings be worth more than $500 million when they’re nowhere near the top of the league? Sports economist Roger Noll of Stanford University says it’s simple: a scarce supply of teams. That's by design, he says, because NBA owners want to keep their franchises valuable. And that exposes the league to a possible lawsuit.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:49:14 +0000 Ashley Gross 8343 at http://kplu.org Economist says Sacramento Kings fight may yield antitrust lawsuit Hansen: More than 44,000 requests for full-season tickets http://kplu.org/post/hansen-more-44000-requests-full-season-tickets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Investor Chris Hansen says his group’s website has seen “stunning" interest from </span>Seattleites<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who want to bring an NBA team to the city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We received requests for over&nbsp;44,000 full season&nbsp;tickets,&nbsp;268 suites&nbsp;and had&nbsp;983 businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities,” he said, adding 32,000 of the requests for full-season tickets came within the first 24 hours after the priority ticket waitlist went live on </span><a href="http://www.sonicsarena.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">sonicsarena.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:09:10 +0000 Martha Kang 8265 at http://kplu.org Hansen: More than 44,000 requests for full-season tickets Sacramento council approves Kings arena deal http://kplu.org/post/sacramento-council-approves-kings-arena-deal <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:37:11 +0000 The Associated Press 8168 at http://kplu.org Hansen: Arena will have balconies, court-side suites http://kplu.org/post/hansen-arena-will-have-balconies-court-side-suites <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chris Hansen and his group of investors have released preliminary design renderings of Seattle’s next basketball arena.</span></p><p>The plan features “non-traditional elements” including three stacked balconies in lieu of top rows above the seating bowl, Hansen’s group said on <a href="http://www.sonicsarena.com">sonicsarena.com</a>.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:38:39 +0000 Martha Kang 7987 at http://kplu.org Hansen: Arena will have balconies, court-side suites Ball in Sacramento's court in battle with Seattle over Kings http://kplu.org/post/ball-sacramentos-court-battle-seattle-over-kings <p>The agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle investment group - with the goal of moving the team to Seattle - is not a slam dunk. It still needs NBA approval. And momentum is growing in Sacramento to try to keep the Kings there.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel tries to clear up some of the confusion Seattle fans may have about what's going on.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 7631 at http://kplu.org Ball in Sacramento's court in battle with Seattle over Kings