Metro Seattle: NHL, NBA and Arena - Part V
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01-21-2013, 03:14 PM
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None of that is relevant. The fact of the matter is that Sacramento got a new arena deal struck and the Maloofs backed out.
Yes, they can. It's their league and they have the right to decide who can be owners of their franchises in their league. Chances are that won't be tested though.
Seattle never got an arena deal struck and had their owner sell to someone local to give a try. Sacramento got the arena deal but the Maloofs backed out and then never even gave a local buyer a chance. But arguing who had it worse isn't going to go anywhere. It sucked for Seattle then and it will suck for Sacramento. At least Seattle has other professional franchises to invest into. That's not really the case in Sacramento.
NBA is subject to anti trust laws. And they clearly sad they can not force any owner to sell. Only league that can get away with that is MLB cause they have anti trust exempt. They can not make maloofs sell to local group and that's what they essentially will be doing if they reject Hansen's offer nevermind it would be another PR nightmare that they shafted seattle again.
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