arena http://kplu.org en Longshoremen to appeal judge's ruling tossing out their arena lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/longshoremen-appeal-judges-ruling-tossing-out-their-arena-lawsuit <p></p><p>Longshoremen in Seattle plan to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that threw out their challenge to a new Sonics basketball arena.</p><p>The longshoremen’s union argued that the city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen violated state environmental laws when they signed an agreement for the arena. They said that memorandum of understanding focuses too much on the site Hansen prefers – in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. And that’s before an environmental review is finished.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:23:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 7896 at http://kplu.org What NBA teams are likely candidates to move to Seattle? http://kplu.org/post/what-nba-teams-are-likely-candidates-move-seattle <p>Now that the Seattle City Council has given the green light for a $490 million NBA arena, investor Chris Hansen has to find a team to play there.&nbsp; We know Seattle's not getting the Lakers or the Heat. So which teams <em>are</em> likely prospects to move here?</p><p>Kurt Badenhausen, who covers the business of sports for Forbes, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/09/12/which-nba-team-is-headed-for-seattle-with-new-arena-ready-to-go/">recently analyzed the NBA field</a> to come up with a list of possibilities. Top among them is the Sacramento Kings.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:39:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 6458 at http://kplu.org What NBA teams are likely candidates to move to Seattle? Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built http://kplu.org/post/cities-near-seattle-may-lose-tax-revenue-if-arena-gets-built <p>A new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle could steal tax dollars from neighboring communities. That&rsquo;s according to the analysis of University of Washington geography professor Bill Beyers, who has spent a lot of time studying the economic impact of professional sports.</p><p>Beyers has done previous analyses about the Mariners and Seahawks, as well as KeyArena.&nbsp; As part of an expert panel, Beyers presented his initial thoughts on the proposed NBA and NHL arena to the King County Council.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:43:05 +0000 Ashley Gross 5583 at http://kplu.org Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built Can Seattle's population support six major sports teams? http://kplu.org/post/can-seattles-population-support-six-major-sports-teams <p>Battle lines are being drawn between people who want a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle and people who don&rsquo;t. A town hall meeting at North Seattle Community College at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th, will give people a chance to speak out on the proposal.&nbsp;</p><p>One issue likely to come up is whether the city is even big enough to support six professional sports teams.&nbsp; The plan would add an NBA team and possibly an NHL team to the city&#39;s pro sports landscape of Seahawks, Mariners, Storm and Sounders.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:29:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 5557 at http://kplu.org Can Seattle's population support six major sports teams? Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project http://kplu.org/post/arena-investors-revealed-ballmer-and-nordstroms-back-project <p>The team backing a new sports arena in Seattle began coming into focus today, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family putting their money behind the proposed venue. They&rsquo;re the <a href="http://www.sonicsarena.com/uploads/Arena_Investor_Letter.pdf">first to go public </a>as part of hedge fund manager Chris Hansen&rsquo;s team of private investors.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:59:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5273 at http://kplu.org Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project Can Seattle sustain another major sports venue? http://kplu.org/post/can-seattle-sustain-another-major-sports-venue <p>Could a new basketball and hockey arena hurt ticket sales for other teams in the city? That&rsquo;s what some King County officials are worried about. The fear is that Seattle could end up with too many big-time sports teams and that there wouldn&rsquo;t be enough entertainment dollars to go around.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 14:42:19 +0000 Ashley Gross 5133 at http://kplu.org