NBA in Seattle

NBA in Seattle
10:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

AP reports that the Maloof family has agreed to sell Kings

Investor Chris Hansen smiles as he speaks to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally in Seattle on June 14.
The Associated Press

Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

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NBA in Seattle
10:52 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sacramento mayor to present counteroffer for Kings

Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. last Wednesday.
The Associated Press

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California's capital city.

Speaking at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, Johnson says the city is in a "six-week sprint" to put together a proposal for the NBA's Board of Governors to consider. The league's deadline for teams to apply for relocation is March 1.

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Sports
2:37 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

What Seattle’s NBA arena might look like

A conceptual design of the new Seattle NBA arena, set up for basketball.
360 Architecture City of Seattle

City and county officials said yes to the $490 million deal, so Chris Hansen et al. have submitted a preliminary design for the proposed NBA arena to be located in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.

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NBA Arena
3:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Legislation signed on new Seattle arena deal

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn have signed legislation on the funding plan for construction of an arena that could be used to lure the NBA back to Seattle.

The executives signed the deal on Tuesday after a negotiated memorandum of understanding between the city, county and investor Chris Hansen was approved by the city and county councils a day earlier.

Politics
5:04 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Arena gets approval, but "final" isn't final

Celso Tolman, vice president of ILWU Local 52, wears a jacket with his union's logo as he listens to attorneys and other union representatives talk to reporters Monday about their intent to file a lawsuit on behalf of the union
Ted S. Warren AP

A new basketball arena appears to have the green light. Both the Seattle City Council and King County Council voted Monday in favor of an agreement with investor Chris Hansen.

However, more studies – and votes – lie ahead.

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Arena deal
11:08 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Longshore Union challenging new Seattle NBA arena plan

The Longshore Union has announced its intent to file a legal challenge to the proposed basketball arena in the industrial area south of downtown Seattle.

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NBA arena
6:17 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Seattle City Council approves new NBA arena deal

The Seattle City Council has approved a deal to build a new arena designed to lure the NBA back to town.

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NBA Arena
7:51 am
Tue September 11, 2012

New NBA arena deal struck with city of Seattle; council vote still to come

Chris Hansen, the lead investor in the attempted to build a new NBA arena in Seattle, apparently has his deal.
KPLU

Seattle has a new deal for a sports arena to house NBA and NHL teams. If the full council approves the agreement later this month, lead private investor Chris Hansen will then face the possibly tougher job of getting a deal for the teams.

The revised deal has been officially announced by members of the Seattle City Council and addresses concerns by the Port of Seattle and others that traffic generated by events there would clog up the SoDo area.

Seattle councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Tim Burgess and Mike O'Brien made the announcement.

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NBA Arena
5:35 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

King County approves arena deal; Seattle council expresses doubts

Supporters of the new NBA arena proposal at the King County Council meeting in which the council is scheduled to vote on the proposal.
Ashley Gross KPLU

The King County Council approved an agreement with the investors who want to build an NBA arena in the SoDo district of Seattle. The council voted 6-3 to ratify the "memorandum of understanding" and "interlocal agreement," documents which define the terms of the arena deal.

"There is intrinsic value in this arena," said county councilmember Julia Patterson. She added that she had voted against Seattle's other sports arenas in the past, when she was in the Washington State Legislature, but voted yes on this deal.

In opposition, councilman Pete von Reichbauer said transportation issues had not been resolved. 

"If you build it, they will come – they can't come if they're stuck in traffic," he said.

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NBA back to Seattle
5:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent

The proposed site for Seattle's new NBA arena.

More questions are being asked about the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to lure back the NBA. A public hearing on the deal takes place Thursday evening and Seattle’s City Hall is expected to be packed with people giving testimony for and against it.

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NBA arena
5:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Should Seattle vote on NBA arena? Port calls it a 'job killer'

The proposed site for a new NBA arena in Seattle.

Port officials say placing a new sports arena in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood without significant transportation improvements would be a "job killer." And one King County councilman wondered if area residents shouldn't vote on the idea.

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NBA arena
4:30 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building

Two University of Washington students came out to support Seattle's proposed NBA arena.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

The level of intensity around the proposal to build a new NBA arena in Seattle is growing by the minute.

The group of investors – which we learned yesterday includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the Nordstrom family – drew hundreds to a "bring back our Sonics" rally in Pioneer Square today. It was a well-timed event to put pressure on the Seattle City Council and King County Council to back the deal.

“This is a very carefully orchestrated PR campaign," says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. "At the same time, the old Sonics – the Thunder – are in the NBA Finals this week. The angst could not be more intense in Seattle among sports fans who care about this because their 41-year passion is being thrown back in their face, mocked by the Thunder’s presence in the league’s championship series.”

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown on Wednesday, after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The proposal to build a new sports arena in Seattle is now open to public scrutiny now that the City of Seattle and King County have formalized their agreement with lead investor Chris Hansen.  The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward.

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Seattle Arena Deal
3:20 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Basketball arena inches toward possible return of the Sonics

Investor Chris Hansen (center) speaks during a press conference Wednesday morning announcing an agreement in the effort to build an arena that could bring professional basketball back to Seattle.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

How would taxpayers be protected if a new basketball arena gets built in Seattle? The details are in an agreement between the city, King County and the man who wants to bring an NBA team to town.

After three months of meetings and negotiations, there’s now a formal Memorandum of Understanding between investor Chris Hansen and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn along with County Executive Dow Constantine. In the fine print, it describes how Hansen will purchase the land south of Safeco Field, build a new basketball arena on it, and then sell it to the city.

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Seattle Arena Deal
1:18 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Agreement reached on Seattle arena plan

The city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen have reached an agreement in the effort to build an arena that could bring professional basketball back to the Puget Sound.

The memorandum of understanding announced Wednesday now goes before the City Council and King County Council for approval.

The agreement adds a new wrinkle to an original proposal in that an NHL team is no longer needed to start construction. Only an NBA team, with a non-relocation agreement signed, is needed to begin construction on the proposed 18,500-seat facility.

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