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!
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 four years of public hearings, traffic analysis, environmental impact studies, council votes and legislative due diligence, the final step to having a shovel-ready arena plan approved in Seattle is for the City Council to vote on vacating a one-block section of Occidental Avenue in the SoDo arena footprint.
On February 29, 2016, the producers of Sonicsgate scaled a SoDo rooftop to document the critical traffic conditions that arena opponents claim as their primary argument against vacating Occidental Avenue. This was a Monday, and the same day that “the largest cargo ship to visit the United States” pulled up to unload its freight at the Port of Seattle.
We filmed the one-block section of Occidental Avenue in question from 10:30am – 7:30pm. During a nine-hour period, we captured light civilian traffic with clear conditions and virtually zero use for Port shipping containers.
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.”
Several powerful families lay claim to the Iron Throne, but there are only so many NBA franchises to go around. Alliances will form. Battles will be waged. Blood will flow. Cities will be razed. Tricks will be played. Betrayal is the name of the game. GAME OF THRONES: SONICSGATE EDITION.
Starring ADAM SILVER, DAVID STERN, AUBREY McCLENDON, CLAY BENNETT, CHRISTINE GREGOIRE, WALLY WALKER, FRANK CHOPP, SQUATCH, DOW CONSTANTINE, KEVIN CALABRO, KEVIN JOHNSON, KEVIN DURANT, MIKE McGINN, GARY PAYTON, CHRIS DANIELS, GREG NICKELS, CHRIS HANSEN, HOWARD SCHULTZ, STEVE BALLMER, ED MURRAY, MARK CUBAN, THE ZOMBIE SONICS, ADRIENNE MALOOF and THE MALOOF BROTHERS.
Take a deep breath, Seattle sports fans, and let it all sink in. All the redemption; all the serendipity; all the glory. This really happened. It wasn’t a dream. Our loyal fan base recently experienced what is undoubtedly the greatest weekend in Seattle sports history to date, and we are now a city of champions.
As the calendar flipped from January 31 to February 1 to February 2, 2014, so too flipped over a decade of misery for Seattle sports fans. After having both Super Bowl XL and our beloved Sonics stolen from us, and with the Mariners being one of only two MLB franchises to never win a pennant, Seattle justifiably led Forbes’ list of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities in 2013.
But on this fateful weekend in 2014, a trifecta of redemptive forces converged over the New York tri-state area, shattering Seattle’s cocoon of devastating losses and marking the beginning of a new era; one in which we are the victors, and we force ourselves into the national conversation.
The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions after demolishing the favored Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Sonicsgate director Jason Reid, producer Adam Brown and cinematographer Ian Connors were lucky enough to already be in New York City premiering a short football doc titled Mr. Irrelevant. We couldn’t be in NY and let this once in a lifetime experience pass us by, so we busted out the credit cards and pulled the trigger on some StubHub Super Bowl tickets just three hours before the game.
Within five minutes of walking into MetLife stadium, we ran into Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Softy from KJR, a positive omen for the game and a reminder that we’re all in this fight together.
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 →