Letters to the Editor

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Tag: NBA

June
18th

NHL: Hockey expansion is a real possibility

Ninety-six years ago, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup, and it would be good if the centennial season of 2016-17 could be celebrated with the return of a new team to a new stadium in Seattle.

One option whereby this could happen is by moving an existing franchise to Seattle, but the planned NHL realignment, with two teams shifting to the Eastern Conference, and only Winnipeg shifting from East to West, will leave the West with only 14 teams, seven in each of two divisions.

So, unlike the case of the NBA,

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June
17th

SPORTS: Time to bring the NHL to Seattle

Re: “NHL fans, buckle up: Talk of Seattle team gaining speed” (John McGrath column, 6-17).

The Northwest is a professional sports area. We have the Seahawks, the Mariners and the Sounders. We had the Sonics since 1967 until Clay Bennett and the NBA maneuvered a move to Oklahoma City. They won and we lost.
The latest attempt to relocate a failing NBA team back to Seattle fell on deaf ears. Chris Hansen and his investment group put together an extremely solid financial package for the Sacramento Kings and a privately financed arena with no taxpayer money. What a

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April
30th

NBA: We want our Sonics back

The Seattle Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 after the city failed to agree on building a new arena with Sonic owners. Since then, the Hansen group has a binding agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings. It has binding agreements in place to build a new stadium and move the Kings to Seattle and bring Sonics basketball back. Now the NBA Relocation Committee has voted unanimously in favor of the Kings staying in Sacramento.

We want our Sonics back. If the NBA is not willing to let us have a expansion team or let us buy a team

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Jan.
24th

SONICS: No hard feelings, Sacramento

Less than five years ago, Seattle and Tacoma basketball fans, politicians, sports writers and TV sports announcers were in an uproar, with much wailing and strong feelings about being cheated by that horrible Oklahoma City crowd for stealing our beloved SuperSonics away from us.

Now a great hubbub has arisen in our area as fans, politicians, sports writers and announcers excitedly celebrate the almost certain feat of “stealing” the Sacramento Kings away from their fans.

Hey, no hard feelings, Sacramento, OK? We’ll take good care of your team.

Perhaps the whole affair can be summed up in a strange twist

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Jan.
22nd

SPORTS: Region already has pro basketball team

Sports writers cheer Seattle getting back a professional basketball team. Yet we have had a professional team in the Puget Sound area ever since the Sonics left, thanks to the courage of the four women who bought the Seattle Storm WNBA team.

The Storm has brought home two championship trophies, made the finals in eight of their 11 years and are role models for their community. So let’s give the Storm some of the recognition and credit they are due and stop acting like we didn’t have a professional basketball team the last several years.

Go, Storm!

Jan.
4th

TACOMA: Dome consultants missed the point

Regarding the Tacoma Dome study (TNT, 12-21), the consultants missed a critical point.

The question asked by the consultants to Seattle and King County corporate entities was whether they would support a Tacoma professional team, such as the Tacoma Kings. The question should have been would they support the Seattle Supersonics playing in the Tacoma Dome – a totally different question that would of elicited a totally different response.

The concept is not as far-fetched as you may think. During the renovation of the Key Arena in 1994/95, the Sonics played in the Tacoma Dome and ranked 13th in

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Jan.
2nd

TACOMA: Dome might be suitable for minor league hockey

I was not surprised by the findings from the feasibility study of the Tacoma Dome that it is not suited for pro teams. I understand Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s dream of getting the NBA or NHL right here in Tacoma.

Having seen a lot of sports in the Tacoma Dome in years past with the Tacoma Rockets and the Tacoma Sabercats hockey teams in the 1990s, it was hard even then to draw crowds and they were minor league.

The talk back then was with improved sight lines and moving the seats closer to the arena, hockey could succeed there. However,

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Dec.
21st

TACOMA: Cost of study could fill a lot of potholes

Re: “Dome not suited for pro teams, study says” (TNT, 12-21).

Improbable. Unrealistic. Doubtful. Dubious.

These were the words used by Lewis Kamb in his article highlighting the findings of the $95,000 study regarding the Tacoma Dome’s feasibility as a venue for professional sports.

At a time when so many folks are without work and the city is in rough financial waters, I would like to offer a few words of my own regarding the Tacoma City Council’s decision to fund such a study: It is wasteful.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who reportedly pushed for the feasibility study, is quoted

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