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03-30-2013, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by gmjevtwa View Post
It is true that Hansen is more interested in owning an NBA team in Seattle. However, if he were not interested in having an NHL team, why would his group design a new arena to include an NHL regulation-size rink? Did you know that the previous SuperSonics owner (Barry Ackerly from 1983-2001) purposely had the current KeyArena venue designed as a basketball venue only, which cannot accommodate a regulation-size hockey rink without folding up one entire end of the seating? In the end, the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City, and the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds moved south to suburban Kent.

As noted in the agreement between Hansen, the city of Seattle and the county officials, securing an NBA team is the priority in getting the new arena build, which includes another vote by city and county councils, the completion of an economic and environmental reports and the resolution of at least one more lawsuit. Even Hansen admits that an NHL team needs to be included for the new arena to be viable. The project would receive an additional $80 million in funds by the county if a NHL team is also secured after an NBA team is secured.

Being on the outside as just a fan, I'm not certain about the intricacies of arena agreements in other cities where the NBA and NHL share venues. It sounds very complicated and is certainly out of my range. I'm only familiar with what I've read in the news (including KING 5 TV [NBC]), the Sonics Arena website, the fan site Sonics Rising and the city of Seattle's press releases, as well as Seattle's very notable history involving past and current franchises and the long, drawn-out process of building and/or rebuilding arenas and stadiums.

Considering Hansen and the Seattle Arena group are, as of this posting, preparing to present their case to the NBA owners in a few days and will find out if the transfer of ownership and relocation will be approved on around April 18 or 19, any discussion about arena revenues for a potential Seattle NHL team is speculation and will certainly be discussed by the people responsible for both teams and the new arena in due time, whenever that is.
This is correct - and anyone who says the NHL is an afterthought is ignoring the $80MM reasons Hansen and his team have to get the NHL to Seattle.

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