January 10, 2013 10:30 AM by Smash
LA Times – Investor Chris Hansen, seeking to bring an NBA team to Seattle, is nearing a deal to buy theSacramento Kings from the Maloof family for about $500 million, multiple websites are reporting.
Hansen is trying to build a new arena in Seattle, which lost the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Maloofs are looking to sell the Kings because they have been unable to come up with a long-term solution for a new arena in Sacramento.
As a prerequisite before construction can start on his proposed $490 million venue in Seattle, Hansen must bring an NBA franchise to Seattle. He also wants a business partner to find an NHL team for the city.
The city of Seattle retained the rights to the “SuperSonics” name and logo, so if the Kings do relocate to the Pacific Northwest, they could be renamed the Sonics.
First things first, complete Office Space moment here. The investors name is Chris Hansen? CHRIS…HANSEN?! “Why should I change my name? He’s the one who sucks!” Alright, just had to get that out of my system.
This is the best thing to happen to the NBA in a long time. Seattle is the most under the radar city in terms of sports in the country. Now, I’ve never been but the people of Seattle are supposedly the most die hard and rowdy fans around. Seahawks: one of the toughest stadiums to play in. And shit, the following the Seattle Sounders have is UNREAL (that’s their MLS teams for those who don’t know). As you can see below, they almost double the second highest team in attendance:
Say what you want about the MLS but that is downright impressive. The fact that they may get their NBA team back (well kind of) and even an NHL team would be great for the city. If any city deserves to have not only the team they lost back but another team to cheer for as well, it’s Seattle.
You may not be getting Kevin Durant or Detlef Schrempf back, but basketball looks like it’s coming back to Seattle.