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April
30th

New game plan needed to return Sonics to Seattle

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Seattle’s slam dunk turned into an airball Monday.

A group of buyers headed by billionaires Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared to have a done deal to buy the Sacramento Kings and move the team to a site south of Safeco Field in Seattle. They thought so. So did Northwest fans. The team’s owners certainly did. Even a lot of people in Sacramento assumed the Kings were out the door after an earlier arena deal there fell through.

So what happened? Why did a panel of team owners recommend against allowing the sale of the Kings to buyers that would be one of the NBA’s best-financed ownership groups in a more desirable market?

Conspiracy theories abound: Read more »

June
17th

Hoop dreams get a boost from big-name investors

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

These are the times that try Northwest basketball fans’ souls. Four years after Seattle’s NBA team was moved to Oklahoma City, it’s playing for the championship.

Besides rooting for the Miami Heat, what are Sonics fans to do?

Well, they could always root for the guys hoping to bring another NBA team to town – which thousands of fans did last week at a big downtown rally.

The likeliest candidate is the Sacramento Kings, a franchise that is in the same kind of situation the Sonics were in before they moved: a dispute over a new downtown arena. (And yes, there’s no little irony that Seattle would be doing to another city what was done to it.)
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Feb.
20th

What’s not to like about Seattle arena proposal?

An arena to host an NBA franchise has been proposed for the area at the bottom right of the photo, just south of the Safeco Field parking garage in Seattle’s Sodo district. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Basketball fans have every right to be excited about a new proposal for bringing an NBA team back to Seattle, which lost the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008.

An arena site has been purchased. A rich Seattle native and other investors are willing to put up $290 million of their own money toward building an 18,000-seat facility, and they’re offering to pay for any cost overruns or revenue shortfalls. The remainder of the $500 million cost would be paid by team rent and taxes generated by the arena. The investment team would buy an NBA team and recruit an NHL team.

Taxpayers wouldn’t be asked to come up with a dime for any of it. And the NBA team would pay to play in KeyArena for the two years it would take to build the new facility just south of the Safeco Field parking garage.

What’s not to like?
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