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Friday, April 4, 2014

NBA Basketball Is Coming to Seattle One Way Or Another, Hansen Says

Posted by on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Chris Hansen, the billionaire investor whose attempt to bring the Sacremento Kings to Seattle was rejected last year by the NBA, tells the Seattle Times:

““Does anybody really think that Seattle is not going to have an NBA team at some point in the future?” Hansen said. “I think everybody can get really impatient when things don’t happen on their own agenda.

"It’s inevitable Seattle will have a basketball team. It’s just a question of when. Our job is to get the arena through the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process and done and evaluate opportunities as they come up. The next time an opportunity comes our way, we’re going to be in a lot better position.”

Hansen expects the EIS, which is considered the last major hurdle for the $490 million proposed arena, will be completed this summer.

And! In other Seattle sportsball news, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is still calling out bullshit wherever he sees it like a badass, questioning in Sports Illustrated why a black player who grew up in the same area of Los Angeles that he did was expelled released from his contract with an NFL team for alleged gang ties—while a white player caught on video making explicit racist threats wasn't even suspended:

I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.

I can’t.

Sherman is a huge credit to the Seahawks, the NFL, and human beings.


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Because it has to be said: D-Jax wasn't expelled from the NFL, he was released from his team. He got a VERY lucrative contract in another city.

Also, the "gang ties" angle is conjecture (although perhaps not too far from the mark).

That said, yes, the white dude making racist threats should have been fined/suspended. That kind of shit shouldn't be tolerated.

Sherman makes some great points, I'm just correcting some of the details around it.
Posted by Tashannoc on April 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
““Does anybody really think that Seattle is not going to have an NBA team at some point in the future?” Hansen said.

Yes, I think that. We got robbed, but the NBA owners are loathe to expand, water their product down more, and split revenues with another team.

And Seattle doesn't miss Pro Basketball THAT much.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Hansen - yet another wealthy bully in our city. Boy these guys make me sick.
Posted by westello on April 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@2 - Seattle doesn't miss basketball that much, but we sure know how to hold a grudge.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Sherman ftw!
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@4 is correct
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Post_Mortem 8
Sherman is my favorite writer in sports right now.

As to Hansen, I hope he's wrong. The economic impact of pro sports teams on their respective localities is a wash at best, and typically negative. Culturally, they don't offer much, IMO, when contrasted with other potential cultural/educational investments. It is irrational to pursue such a team, particularly when the league it would be a part of has shown itself to be a poor and unfaithful partner to our city. Still less sensible to do so with a prospective stadium in an area where it may very well disrupt commerce, and particularly our port. In context, it is stupid for the average Seattleite to support Hansen's endeavor.
Posted by Post_Mortem on April 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM · Report this
@2, I figured that the prospects would improve once Stern fucked off into retirement. He seemed to take real pleasure in dangling Seattle's corpse from a bridge as a warning to NBA cities to pony up arena funding when called upon. Maybe Silver is no better. But Seattle is a solid second-tier media market, and the NBA loves money, so I reckon it is just a matter of time.
Posted by California on April 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
@4: yes we do. I had to tell a new co-worker who moved here from OKC not to talk about the Thunder in public. he truly thought we just didn't want them any more.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM · Report this
merry 11
Seattle misses basketball PLENTY (y'all do realize that the vast majority of Seattle citizens don't comment on this blog, right?). And Chris Hansen is absolutely correct, it IS just a matter of time until we have The Seattle Supersonics back in town, in a big fancy new arena (which they'll no doubt share with the new Seattle hockey team).

I've been saying it for the past six years: it's like the money is standing in the field right now, just waiting to be harvested. THE MONEY IS HERE TO BE HAD (tickets, licensing, jerseys, hats, jackets, pennants, etc etc), it's just a question of who's going to get to harvest that money. Mr. Hansen has wisely positioned himself to be that harvester.

Posted by merry on April 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
MrBaker 12
@2, NBA arena talk in Milwaukee is Seattle circa 2005. They have much less than 3 years to go, none of the 3 counties want to participate in paying for a new arena, their mayor has higher priorities, their governor is Scott Walker, and collectively they lack the imagination to contain the costs within the facility's activities to finance it.

It's a familiar train wreck.
Posted by MrBaker on April 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM · Report this
@12, all it takes is one particularly wealthy person/their heirs to decide to go all in (worked for the last Bradley Center).

BTW, Hansen is not known to be a billionaire. Not on Forbes' list of Billionaires and his guarantee for the MOU was that he'd maintain a 300 million net worth.
Posted by ChefJoe on April 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM · Report this
@13 are you forgetting that Steve Balllmer is part of Hansen's ownership group?
Posted by searunner on April 4, 2014 at 10:23 PM · Report this
@14, not forgetting, but that doesn't make Hansen a billionaire.

Chris Hansen, the billionaire investor whose attempt to bring the Sacremento Kings to Seattle was rejected last year by the NBA
Posted by ChefJoe on April 4, 2014 at 10:37 PM · Report this
Everyone hates Seattle. The Legislature, the NBA, many others we don't know about, but it's safe to assume they hate us.
Posted by sarah70 on April 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM · Report this
@14, or did you think Ballmer was going to be that one wealthy guy to donate the construction costs for a new Bucks arena in Milwaukee ?…
The BMO Harris Bradley Center (formerly the Bradley Center) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was built through the generosity of the late Jane Bradley Pettit in memory of her father, Harry Lynde Bradley, co-founder and chairman of the Allen-Bradley Company (now Rockwell Automation). The Center is the only major, public assembly facility in North America with construction underwritten through the philanthropy of a single family. Its creation and continuing operation represent a gift to the people of Wisconsin.
Posted by ChefJoe on April 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM · Report this

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