I know what you're thinking: Could Seattle REALLY be getting an NBA team? Really... ?
Only months ago that question would be met with "probably not for a long, LONG time." NBA Commissioner David Stern has made it clear the league has zero intentions of ADDING new teams to the game, so our chances at starting a fresh group of rag-tag, Bad-News-Bears-esque players will never come to fruition. So the like answer was simply "no." That is, however, until someone with BOAT-LOADS of ca$hmoney steps forward with a plan. INTRO: Chris Hansen. (not the guy from To Catch a Predator, a different, less dramatic Chris Hansen)
The long & short of it is this: everyone wants a big, fancy, shiny-new Arena for these teams to PLAY in before they'll be brought here. And somehow - the Key Arena just won't work (even though it worked just fine... ) anymore. That means we need a new arena to give these teams a home to play in before they'll consider it. So what if that happens? What if we DO build a new, world-class arena? Would that lure future teams to lean toward a possible 'yes' that we could feasibly see another NBA franchise in Seattle, and potentially an NHL team?? The answer, it seems, is YES. Here's where Chris Hansen comes in...
He's got lots of money. I mean lots. And he's FROM Seattle. And he - like most of us - is still pretty butthurt about the Sonics being stolen from us. So hurt, in fact, that he's looking to introduce a plan to the city for a new arena, which, subsequently - would make it highly likely (and make us look a little more attractive) that an NBA franchise could once again be in the Emerald City.
Did I mention he plans to unveil his plan TOMORROW? Yeah. He does.
(btw: if you're unfamiliar with the whole Sonics story, do yourself a favor & google "Sonicsgate" and watch the entire thing)