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phlp_bj
09-18-2008, 10:40 PM
Seattle (14 votes)

Pros: The 14th-biggest TV market, home to a metropolitan area of over 4 million people and Bill and Melinda Gates' billions. An NBA city since 1967, looking for a team that can hang those retired Gus Williams, Lenny Wilkens, Nate McMillan, Fred Brown, Jack Sikma and Spencer Haywood jerseys and the 1978-79 NBA championship banner.

Also working for Seattle is the prospect of lightening Thunder owner Clay Bennett's pockets. He and the other OKC owners will have to pay $30 million to Seattle in 2013 if Washington's state legislature approves at least $75 million in public funding before 2010 to renovate KeyArena and Seattle does not obtain an NBA franchise by 2013.

Cons: Local fans might need some time for tread marks on back to heal after the Sonics' departure. Building new arena to draw relocation or expansion team might be hard sell to local taxpayers who coughed up $74 million for a Key upgrade done in 1995. Sonics were in bottom 10 in attendance the last five seasons, though Key often averaged over 90 percent full.

David Stern says: "Given the lead times associated with any franchise acquisition or relocation and with a construction project as complex as a KeyArena renovation, authorization of the public funding needs to occur by the end of 2009 in order for there to be any chance for the NBA to return to Seattle within the next five years."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=Expansion-080918

Beno7500
09-18-2008, 10:45 PM
i hate stern

JOSETHEALLSTAR
09-18-2008, 11:12 PM
stern sucks

BarryIsInnocent
09-18-2008, 11:29 PM
San Francisco NEEDS A TEAM!!!!!