January 10, 2013

BLOG: Pro basketball might be back in Seattle

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — It was reported Wednesday that Seattle investor Chris Hansen, who has a deal to build an arena in Seattle to lure an NBA team, is in talks with the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.

Reports say if the deal goes through, the Kings franchise could sell for more than $500 million and the franchise would play in Seattle beginning in 2013-14 in Key Arena until a new arena is built.

Whether or not the deal will get done is yet to be seen. If it does go through, it will be interesting to hear the reactions of the fans in Seattle who cried foul when Clay Bennett bought their franchise and moved it to Oklahoma City.

The two situations are similar. The Maloof brothers, who currently own the Kings, and the city of Sacramento have not been able to come to agreement on an arena solution, which was the problem in Seattle before the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.

I don't have a problem with basketball coming back to Seattle, although it seems sad that Sacramento will no longer have a team. In the early 2000s, Sacramento had a reputation as a small market that had the best fans, much like Oklahoma City has now.

I just hope the fans of Seattle at least acknowledge that they are the beneficiaries of the same situation they called criminal just a few years ago.