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First vote on new Seattle arena could take place next week

Jul 24, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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If you build it they will come.

Maybe. That seems to be Seattle’s plan for a new arena to house an NBA team. Although it hasn’t worked yet in Kansas City, which has the sweet Sprint Center sitting there with nothing but Disney on Ice and some concerts to fill the space. No NBA or even and NHL team there. Yet.

In Seattle if there is not a new arena to replace the Key it’s moot to discuss another team coming to town. So plans toward a new arena are moving forward and they could go for a first key vote next week, reports the Associated Press.

The (Seattle City) council announced Monday it was moving the memorandum of understanding between investor Chris Hansen and the county out of committee and for a possible full council vote on July 30. Both the county council and the Seattle City Council must approve it.

This vote by the council on this memorandum of understanding is the first of many steps. This is a $490 million project that needs $200 million in cheap government revenue bonds (which are paid off by money generated by the arena) that later need to be approved and sold. There is an environmental report and a host of other steps before a shovel can go into the ground. And, of course, there needs to be a team willing to move and fill it.

But you have to take a firs step, and that may happen next week.

  1. nightrain42 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    They cldnt keep their first team, they don’t deserve another one.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM


  2. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Are they rumored to be targeting an existing franchise like Sacramento or an expansion team?

    Theoretically, the NBA could add teams to KC and Seattle and bring the league to 32 teams but in this new NBA of super teams where talent is being consolidated towards the big markets, is it wise to add two more small market teams?

    • therealhtj - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Expansion? They can’t even find 20 quality teams much less add two more.

  3. emeraldcityfan - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Couldn’t keep our team? Our team was stolen. And if you think the #13 ranked media market is a “small market”, I’d hate to see your definition. Seattle had a relationship with the NBA for over forty years, and our great fans deserve another franchise. It’s gonna happen eventually.

    • elComandanteenJefe - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Clayton Bennett did what other owners have been known to do… SCREW YOUR CITY OUT OF TEAM BECAUSE A NEW ARENA WAS NOT CONSTRUCTED FOR HIM USING PUBLIC FUNDS!!! If you have the luxury of owning a team, NBA, NFL, whatever, you should provide the funds needed to build YOUR TEAM a sports facility and rely on the hard work of tax payers.

      If you want your local tax payers to build you a facility, while you Mr. Owner enjoy floor seats and all the perks with being an owner, the least you could do is provide us with an interest in our investment, minority ownership or something along the lines of what was done with the Packers).

  4. halfbaht - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Personally would love to see the return of the Seattle Supersonics. I’d prefer to see them as an expansion team rather then them doing to another city what was done to them. Besides, we haven’t had an expansion team in the NBA since 1995. The question is who is the 2nd team to be bought in? I don’t think Kansas is the right fit, I think there is more chance of seeing a team back New Jersey or Vancouver

    • gmsalpha - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      I’d love to see Seattle get a team, whether it’s by relocation or expansion. As much as I hate to see any city lose their team, Sacramento would be my first “obvious” choice. Kevin Johnson has done a remarkable job petitioning for a new arena and through no fault of Sacramentonians, I don’t see the team lasting too much longer in the Capital City. Moving the Kings to Anaheim would not only be a third team in the greater Los Angeles area, but the second team named the Kings. Seattle would keep the Pacific Division in tact, avoiding some of the stranger geographic groupings in sports. I never could figure out why the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFC East, yet the Detroit Red Wings are in the Western Conference of the NHL.

      Seattle deserves a team. And they deserve their name and history back too. Long live the Seattle SuperSonics!

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      why do you think the NBA would add 2 teams? Nothing you just said makes sense. They should be thinking about contracting a team as opposed to adding a new one. The only way Seattle should get a team is if it’s moving from somewhere else.

  5. southpaw77 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Seattle not having a team is a travesty, that building was packed and loud.
    Stern simply taking their team because their arena wasn’t state of the art is a sham. While places like Charlotte (now, not the Alonzo-Hornets days) and New Orleans play in half empty buildings.

    Sacramento is good fans but that fan base won’t be suckered by the Maloofs to build them a new arena.

    The NBA shoulda took the Hornets and Bobcats and put them in Seattle and Louisville. The Seattle Sonics and Kentucky Colonels return!

    • therealhtj - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      They can likely get their old team returned in around 10 years when all of OKC’s stars retire or bolt for bigger markets and those “diehard” fans of 3 years stop coming out in droves while their TV deal is still dwarfed by the large markets.

      It’ll serve ’em right.

  6. jwlemarine - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Go ahead Seattle! Then that team can move to Tulsa! Ha!

  7. brianjoates - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I would like to see the NBA develop a real minor league with each franchise having its own development franchise, or the NBA develop a lower division and adopt the English futbol rules that franchises can be move up to the higher division or fall down to the lower league based on each seasons final results.

  8. seattlereign - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Bring our Sonics home! It’s the County Council that would potentially voting on Monday, not the city council.

  9. rollteal - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    2004 I think was the latest Expansion when the Bobcats came Im to replace the hornets in charlotte. Seattle while get one back much sooner then later.

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