NBA http://www.kplu.org en Hall of Famer Bill Russell Arrested for Carrying Gun at Airport http://www.kplu.org/post/hall-famer-bill-russell-arrested-carrying-gun-airport <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released.</p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:52:42 +0000 The Associated Press 10560 at http://www.kplu.org Hall of Famer Bill Russell Arrested for Carrying Gun at Airport NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-veteran-jason-collins-comes-out-gay <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">NBA veteran center&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Jason</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Collins</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p><font color="red">Collins</font>&nbsp;wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old&nbsp;<font color="red">Collins</font>&nbsp;has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:16:21 +0000 The Associated Press 8604 at http://www.kplu.org NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay Sacramento or Seattle? Why NBA commish wants Kings to stay put http://www.kplu.org/post/sacramento-or-seattle-why-nba-commish-wants-kings-stay-put <p>The battle between Seattle and Sacramento investors over the Kings basketball team has taken a few more turns. The most interesting one is the revelation that NBA commissioner David Stern appears to want to keep the team in Sactown.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 8386 at http://www.kplu.org Sacramento or Seattle? Why NBA commish wants Kings to stay put Economist says Sacramento Kings fight may yield antitrust lawsuit http://www.kplu.org/post/economist-says-sacramento-kings-fight-may-yield-antitrust-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the NBA weighs whether to allow the Kings basketball team to move to Seattle from Sacramento, the league has to consider the possibility of an antitrust lawsuit.</span></p><p>Why should the Sacramento Kings be worth more than $500 million when they’re nowhere near the top of the league? Sports economist Roger Noll of Stanford University says it’s simple: a scarce supply of teams. That's by design, he says, because NBA owners want to keep their franchises valuable. And that exposes the league to a possible lawsuit.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:49:14 +0000 Ashley Gross 8343 at http://www.kplu.org Economist says Sacramento Kings fight may yield antitrust lawsuit Sacramento mayor to present counteroffer for Kings http://www.kplu.org/post/sacramento-mayor-present-counteroffer-kings <p>Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California's capital city.</p><p> Speaking at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, Johnson says the city is in a "six-week sprint" to put together a proposal for the NBA's Board of Governors to consider. The league's deadline for teams to apply for relocation is March 1.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:52:09 +0000 The Associated Press 7558 at http://www.kplu.org Sacramento mayor to present counteroffer for Kings What NBA teams are likely candidates to move to Seattle? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-nba-teams-are-likely-candidates-move-seattle <p>Now that the Seattle City Council has given the green light for a $490 million NBA arena, investor Chris Hansen has to find a team to play there.&nbsp; We know Seattle's not getting the Lakers or the Heat. So which teams <em>are</em> likely prospects to move here?</p><p>Kurt Badenhausen, who covers the business of sports for Forbes, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/09/12/which-nba-team-is-headed-for-seattle-with-new-arena-ready-to-go/">recently analyzed the NBA field</a> to come up with a list of possibilities. Top among them is the Sacramento Kings.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:39:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 6458 at http://www.kplu.org What NBA teams are likely candidates to move to Seattle? Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built http://www.kplu.org/post/cities-near-seattle-may-lose-tax-revenue-if-arena-gets-built <p>A new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle could steal tax dollars from neighboring communities. That&rsquo;s according to the analysis of University of Washington geography professor Bill Beyers, who has spent a lot of time studying the economic impact of professional sports.</p><p>Beyers has done previous analyses about the Mariners and Seahawks, as well as KeyArena.&nbsp; As part of an expert panel, Beyers presented his initial thoughts on the proposed NBA and NHL arena to the King County Council.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:43:05 +0000 Ashley Gross 5583 at http://www.kplu.org Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built Why should Seattle dance with Stern, NBA again? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-should-seattle-dance-stern-nba-again <p>If the backers of a plan to build a new sports arena in Seattle&#39;s SoDo area are successful, they&#39;ll be looking to attract both a professional hockey club&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;a professional basketball team as marquis tenants.</p><p>Seattle and King County lawmakers are poring over the proposal&#39;s details. In the coming weeks they&#39;ll cast votes on the arena plan, its call for up to $200 million in public bonds (to be paired with $300 million in private funds), a plan championed by investor Chris Hansen.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:15:33 +0000 Gary Davis 5580 at http://www.kplu.org Why should Seattle dance with Stern, NBA again? Can Seattle's population support six major sports teams? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-seattles-population-support-six-major-sports-teams <p>Battle lines are being drawn between people who want a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle and people who don&rsquo;t. A town hall meeting at North Seattle Community College at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th, will give people a chance to speak out on the proposal.&nbsp;</p><p>One issue likely to come up is whether the city is even big enough to support six professional sports teams.&nbsp; The plan would add an NBA team and possibly an NHL team to the city&#39;s pro sports landscape of Seahawks, Mariners, Storm and Sounders.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:29:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 5557 at http://www.kplu.org Can Seattle's population support six major sports teams? Seattle mayor meets with NBA head in New York http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-meets-nba-head-new-york <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has delivered a personal message to NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back.</p><div><p>McGinn&#39;s spokesman Aaron Pickus said McGinn met with Stern in New York on Monday. A new ownership group took the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Now playing as the Thunder, Oklahoma City faces the Miami Heat when the NBA finals begin Tuesday.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:09:12 +0000 The Associated Press 5250 at http://www.kplu.org Study counters Seattle Port's claims against new NBA arena http://www.kplu.org/post/study-counters-seattle-ports-claims-against-new-nba-arena <p>A study has found that Seattle&#39;s SoDo neighborhood can handle the traffic that may come from building a third sports arena in the area.</p><div><p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/7w4emu9">The study was released </a>Wednesday by the City of Seattle and paid for by Chris Hansen, the developer who wants to build an 18,000-seat facility that could house an NBA and an NHL franchise near where the Mariners and Seahawks play.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 21:57:20 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 5081 at http://www.kplu.org Study counters Seattle Port's claims against new NBA arena Hansen makes a compelling NBA arena case, KPLU's Art Thiel says http://www.kplu.org/post/hansen-makes-compelling-nba-arena-case-kplus-art-thiel-says <p>For 45 minutes at City Hall Wednesday night, would-be arena mogul <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017517805_hansen16m.html">Chris Hansen</a> calmly answered questions from politicians, bureaucrats and agency heads who reflected Seattle&rsquo;s pain from repeatedly getting kicked in the bicuspids by pro sports owners, starting with the loss of the Seattle Pilots in 1970.</p><p>In the sometimes lame give-and-take, he made a point lightly understood but significant for grasping why his idea is different than those of his sporting predecessors more practiced in the art of shoe-leather dentistry.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our equity in this project is larger than the city (and county combined),&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Are we going to risk a $600 million investment over a $2 million annual shortfall?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:19:32 +0000 Art Thiel 4375 at http://www.kplu.org Hansen makes a compelling NBA arena case, KPLU's Art Thiel says NBA deal: City, county would put up $200 million (to be paid back); $290 million from private group http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-deal-city-county-would-put-200-million-be-paid-back-290-million-private-group <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced at a press conference this afternoon that the city has received a proposal to bring NBA and NHL back to Seattle. He said the new facility would be &#39;self-funded&#39; but would include public money upfront.</p><p>McGinn said $200 million from city and county would be invested, but the funds would be paid back through rent and tax revenue generated at the new facility. He said guarantees for paying back the money would be in the agreement.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The $200 million investment from the county and city would be repaid (from) revenue that would not otherwise exist,&quot; McGinn said.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:34:45 +0000 KPLU News Staff 4181 at http://www.kplu.org NBA deal: City, county would put up $200 million (to be paid back); $290 million from private group Arena, NBA team still a long way away for Seattle - despite the hype http://www.kplu.org/post/arena-nba-team-still-long-way-away-seattle-despite-hype <p>There has been a lot of buzz this week following the news that the city of Seattle has been in discussions with a potential investor for a new arena.</p><p>With property purchased just south of the already existing baseball and football stadiums by this investor, and the Sacremento Kings basketball team seemingly on the brink of leaving town, many people have become excited at the possibility that Seattle could see a new team, and perhaps a professional hockey team sooner than later.</p><p>Art Thiel doesn&#39;t see that happening any time soon.</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt & Art Thiel 4113 at http://www.kplu.org Arena, NBA team still a long way away for Seattle - despite the hype It’s a dirty game, but NBA may make surprise return to Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/it%E2%80%99s-dirty-game-nba-may-make-surprise-return-seattle <p>Seattle may once again become a NBA city, but we&rsquo;ll have to steal a team to do it.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The diabolical nature of pro sports means that you have to do bad unto others as they have done bad unto you,&rdquo; said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. &ldquo;And it puts the city of Seattle in the same business of ruthless poacher, pirate, stealer of another city.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>In other words, it&rsquo;s déjà vu all over again for a city that had its team &ndash; the Sonics &ndash; ripped from its collection of pro sports.</p><p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:56:28 +0000 Evan Hoover 4085 at http://www.kplu.org It’s a dirty game, but NBA may make surprise return to Seattle