Chris Hansen http://www.kplu.org en NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-not-nhl-first-seattles-proposed-arena-project <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140584538&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After last year’s failed bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle, there has been a lot of talk lately about professional hockey coming to town.</p><p>An arena proposed for Seattle’s Sodo district would be built to accommodate both sports. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has learned that NBA must come first. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15087 at http://www.kplu.org NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena http://www.kplu.org/post/chris-hansen-fined-trying-undo-kings-arena <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:06:33 +0000 The Associated Press 9936 at http://www.kplu.org Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/court-rejects-longshoremens-challenge-seattle-arena-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s&nbsp;</span>SoDo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;neighborhood.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:04:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 9928 at http://www.kplu.org Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-chris-hansen-be-trusted <p></p><p>A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9726 at http://www.kplu.org Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted? Seattle Investor Regrets Bid to Defeat Kings Arena http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-investor-regrets-bid-defeat-kings-arena <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen says he regrets funding a secretive effort to block a new downtown arena for Sacramento's professional basketball team.</span></p><div><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Hansen's involvement was disclosed by California's campaign watchdog Friday.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 03:03:41 +0000 The Associated Press 9658 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Investor Regrets Bid to Defeat Kings Arena NBA expansion is 'Seattle's way forward' http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-expansion-seattles-way-forward <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to bringing the&nbsp;</span>Sonics<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;back to Seattle despite having lost his bid to move the Sacramento Kings to town.</span></p><p>Hansen made his first public comments about the failed deal in interviews this week.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 8947 at http://www.kplu.org NBA expansion is 'Seattle's way forward' Longshoremen to appeal judge's ruling tossing out their arena lawsuit http://www.kplu.org/post/longshoremen-appeal-judges-ruling-tossing-out-their-arena-lawsuit <p></p><p>Longshoremen in Seattle plan to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that threw out their challenge to a new Sonics basketball arena.</p><p>The longshoremen’s union argued that the city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen violated state environmental laws when they signed an agreement for the arena. They said that memorandum of understanding focuses too much on the site Hansen prefers – in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. And that’s before an environmental review is finished.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:23:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 7896 at http://www.kplu.org AP reports that the Maloof family has agreed to sell Kings http://www.kplu.org/post/ap-reports-maloof-family-has-agreed-sell-kings <p>Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.</p><p>The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.</p><p>One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.</p><p>The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 06:00:36 +0000 The Associated Press 7597 at http://www.kplu.org AP reports that the Maloof family has agreed to sell Kings Will the Seattle Storm stay at KeyArena if a new facility is built? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-seattle-storm-stay-keyarena-if-new-facility-built <p>A revised agreement for a new Seattle sports arena that was unveiled this week got people talking again about the future of KeyArena. As part of the amended deal with lead investor Chris Hansen, the city negotiated $7 million for upgrades to KeyArena and a study about its future.</p><p>That future may not include the Seattle Storm, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 6324 at http://www.kplu.org Will the Seattle Storm stay at KeyArena if a new facility is built? 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 arena PR campaign, opposition intensifying http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-arena-pr-campaign-opposition-intensifying <p>The revelation of big local backers. A huge fan rally. A high-profile meeting with the commissioner of the NBA. It all happened this week as supporters of the Seattle arena proposal get ready for key city and county committee hearings next week.</p><p>The opposition is heating up as well. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5286 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle arena PR campaign, opposition intensifying Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-hit-fans-seattle-arena-deal-goes-under-council-scrutiny-next-week <p>A planned rally for Sonics fans at 4 p.m. today in Occidental Park is perhaps taking on even more significance, with word this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family are among the investors behind the plan to bring the Sonics back to Seattle with a proposed new arena. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5280 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project http://www.kplu.org/post/arena-investors-revealed-ballmer-and-nordstroms-back-project <p>The team backing a new sports arena in Seattle began coming into focus today, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family putting their money behind the proposed venue. They&rsquo;re the <a href="http://www.sonicsarena.com/uploads/Arena_Investor_Letter.pdf">first to go public </a>as part of hedge fund manager Chris Hansen&rsquo;s team of private investors.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:59:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5273 at http://www.kplu.org Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light http://www.kplu.org/post/why-seattle-arena-deal-should-be-given-green-and-gold-light <p>The proposal to build a new sports arena in Seattle is now open to public scrutiny now that the City of Seattle and King County have formalized their agreement with lead investor Chris Hansen.&nbsp; The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward. Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5034 at http://www.kplu.org Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light Proposed arena deal good news for city, Sonics fans http://www.kplu.org/post/proposed-arena-deal-good-news-city-sonics-fans <p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes what he&#39;s hearing about a proposed arena deal in Seattle.</p><p>The goal is to return the NBA to Seattle and bring the city a professional hockey team with a new arena to be built in the city&#39;s SoDo district. The project would be self-funded and not rely on new taxes. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4183 at http://www.kplu.org Proposed arena deal good news for city, Sonics fans