OT Sacramento looking to finance new arena; UPD NBA rejects relocation to Seattle bid
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03-01-2013, 11:54 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Seattle, WA
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Seattle lost the Sonics because no local ownership group offered to buy the team and because they refused to fund a new arena. They had 4 years to do anything before the team moved and did nothing. Nothing against the fans, they were great. Sac is different situation. Local ownership wasn't given a chance to make an offer and the Maloofs backed out of a Stern negotiated arena deal.
Can't compare the 2 scenarios.
Seattle still had 2 years left on their lease and had just done a remodel of Key Arena less than 10 years before the league started making noise about needing a new building. So spare us your ill-informed opinions about the Sonics situation.
Both cities were saddled with horrible owners. In fact, the league has been saddled with horrible owners for years, the Maloofs aren't exactly the first. And that is where the issue is for Sac ... this is an owners driven league even bad owners have proven time and again they get to do what they want. Sucks to be on that end of things but we can relate.
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