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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project

In an image provided by 360 Architecture Inc., a view of Seattle includes the preliminary preferred design for a new arena being planned to house an NBA basketball team.
AP Photo/360 Architecture Inc.

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.

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.

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NBA in Seattle
4:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Chris Hansen Fined for Trying to Undo Kings Arena

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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.

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Business
2:04 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan

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A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

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.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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NBA in Seattle
8:03 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Seattle Investor Regrets Bid to Defeat Kings Arena

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Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen says he regrets funding a secretive effort to block a new downtown arena for Sacramento's professional basketball team.

Hansen's involvement was disclosed by California's campaign watchdog Friday.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NBA expansion is 'Seattle's way forward'

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to bringing the Sonics back to Seattle despite having lost his bid to move the Sacramento Kings to town.

Hansen made his first public comments about the failed deal in interviews this week.  

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Business
4:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Longshoremen to appeal judge's ruling tossing out their arena lawsuit

Longshoremen in Seattle plan to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that threw out their challenge to a new Sonics basketball arena.

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.

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NBA in Seattle
10:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

AP reports that the Maloof family has agreed to sell Kings

Investor Chris Hansen smiles as he speaks to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally in Seattle on June 14.
The Associated Press

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.

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.

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.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Will the Seattle Storm stay at KeyArena if a new facility is built?

Fans filing into KeyArena for a Seattle Storm game.
Flickr

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.

That future may not include the Seattle Storm, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Business
8:29 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Can Seattle's population support six major sports teams?

Seattle's SoDo neighborhood would be the site of a new basketball and hockey arena if the proposal goes through
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Battle lines are being drawn between people who want a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle and people who don’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. 

One issue likely to come up is whether the city is even big enough to support six professional sports teams.  The plan would add an NBA team and possibly an NHL team to the city's pro sports landscape of Seahawks, Mariners, Storm and Sounders. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Seattle arena PR campaign, opposition intensifying

Supporters of the proposed NBA arena sign up at Thursday's rally in downtown Seattle.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

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.

The opposition is heating up as well.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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.

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NBA arena
3:59 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cheering during a charity basketball game in Seattle last year - he's all in on the new arena.
The Associated Press

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’re the first to go public as part of hedge fund manager Chris Hansen’s team of private investors.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown on Wednesday, after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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.  The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Proposed arena deal good news for city, Sonics fans

Sonics fans pack a news conference to hear the announcement of a proposed arena deal that would bring the NBA back to Seattle and give the city a hockey team as well.
Monica Spain KPLU

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes what he's hearing about a proposed arena deal in Seattle.

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's SoDo district. The project would be self-funded and not rely on new taxes.

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