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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly reached a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Sources told ESPN and other media that the agreement was signed Thursday night by the family trust of embattled owner Donald Sterling and has been sent to the NBA for final approval.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s not good news for Seattle.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle

Blake Wile Flickr

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project

In an image provided by 360 Architecture Inc., a view of Seattle includes the preliminary preferred design for a new arena being planned to house an NBA basketball team.
AP Photo/360 Architecture Inc.

After last year’s failed bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle, there has been a lot of talk lately about professional hockey coming to town.

An arena proposed for Seattle’s Sodo district would be built to accommodate both sports. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has learned that NBA must come first.

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NBA in Seattle
4:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena

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.

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2:04 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan

A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

'Odds against Seattle from start' in NHL Coyotes coming to town

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

The two most promising chances for the NBA and NHL to come to Seattle this year are now gone. This week the city council in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale voted to approve a lease agreement that keeps the NHL's Coyotes in Arizona.

The news comes two months after the NBA rejected a bid to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a blow to Seattle's arena project, but not a very big one.  

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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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Other News
4:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Seattle mayor meets with NBA head in New York

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has delivered a personal message to NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back.

McGinn's spokesman Aaron Pickus said McGinn met with Stern in New York on Monday. A new ownership group took the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Now playing as the Thunder, Oklahoma City faces the Miami Heat when the NBA finals begin Tuesday.

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Seattle pro sports
11:34 am
Thu February 16, 2012

NBA deal: City, county would put up $200 million (to be paid back); $290 million from private group

King County Executive Dow Constantine said he jumped at the chance to "do something special" by bringing back the NBA. He said the proposed agreement would put Seattle's facility in the top three in the NBA nationally for private investment.
Monica Spain KPLU

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced at a press conference this afternoon that the city has received a proposal to bring NBA and NHL back to Seattle. He said the new facility would be 'self-funded' but would include public money upfront.

McGinn said $200 million from city and county would be invested, but the funds would be paid back through rent and tax revenue generated at the new facility. He said guarantees for paying back the money would be in the agreement.

"The $200 million investment from the county and city would be repaid (from) revenue that would not otherwise exist," McGinn said.

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