On October 25, 2016 –the first day of the ninth NBA Season without the Sonics in Seattle–Chris Hansen announced that his investor group is removing the public financing component completely from the SoDO arena proposal, making an already outstanding deal even better and reigniting the hopes of Sonics fans everywhere!
On November 14, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced he is joining the SoDo arena investment group and will help lead the charge to bring the NBA back to Seattle!
*UPDATE – 06.23.2016*
The NHL officially expanded to Las Vegas. There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference. 15 teams in the Western Conference. Sonics Arena approval = NHL Seattle. An NBA team would follow right behind.
Read the FEIS and SDOT reports. Study the numbers. Watch the testimony in favor of the SoDo arena plan.
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw voted for the Seattle Arena MOU in 2012 and seemed like a strong supporter of its regional benefits, but in 2016 she changed her tune and came out with a statement strongly opposing the Occidental Avenue Street Vacation, an approval that is needed as a preliminary administrative step before the city and ownership group have a “Shovel Ready” arena plan to bring to the table in NBA and NHL team discussions.
How could this happen? Let’s take a closer look at Councilmember Bagshaw’s ever-changing positions in our official Bagshaw Betrayal Breakdown!
After being approved by the Seattle City Council and King County Council in 2012, the Sodo arena proposal underwent an exhaustive series of studies regarding transportation and environmental impact.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concluded that “no significant adverse impact related to land use will occur as a result of the project.”
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recommendation found that “the segment proposed to be vacated is not included in the Port’s important Heavy Haul Network. This is a clear sign that Occidental is not necessary to freight movement or Port Operations.”
– Download the full Seattle Arena FEIS | FEIS Appendix E | FEIS Appendices F, G
– Download the full SDOT Recommendation
– KING 5 coverage of FEIS
– KING 5 coverage of SDOT recommendation
This twisted rationalization of an article by Jenni Carlson of NewsOK is hilarious!
“We get Kevin Durant’s brilliance and Russell Westbrook’s high wire acts. You get Russell Wilson’s mastery and Richard Sherman’s hair.
Can we call it even?…
In return, maybe someone there in Seattle could get those ‘Sonicsgate’ guys to cool it… Listen, you leave our basketball team alone and we promise not to come after your football team.”
First, we at Sonicsgate have never said anything bad about OKC fans or the great players who were stolen from Seattle like Kevin Durant and Nick Collison. But we’d no sooner forget about Clay Bennett’s lies and Aubrey McClendon’s malfeasance than we’d set foot in a Starbucks, endorse Greg Nickels for office or pal around with David Stern.
We’ll always root against the OKC Thunderp franchise, just like we rooted against our old Western Conference rivals in the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers, but with a stolen team bonus that shoots this instantly to the top of the rivalry hierarchy. Maybe when OKC has a team for another 36 years, they’ll start to understand how deep this truly goes. #41years Continue reading