The Seattle Times obtained public documents showing that wealthy Seattle native Christopher Hansen and public officials in Seattle have been in discussions for months about the possibility of a new arena located near Safeco Field, as part of an attempt to obtain a NBA and NHL franchise, as the city has been without a winter sports team since the beloved Supersonics left for Oklahoma City.
The target? Well, the documents show that they have been monitoring the situation in Sacramento, where the woeful Kings are struggling off the court and on it. The Maloof brothers already had an aborted attempt to move the team to Anaheim, and there is a March 1st deadline set by the NBA for the city of Sacramento to present plans for financing of a new arena.
For the NHL, the league-owned Phoenix Coyotes may be the most likely target, as they would move to a more hockey-oriented area and create a natural rivalry with Vancouver.
I’m sure Stephen is now rushing to the computer to check the flight difference to Seattle instead of Sacramento. Jimmer Fredette may soon get to sit the bench in style in the Emerald City if these plans work out.
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