Cleveland and Seattle fans share a bond?

Seattle SuperSonicsWhen you look at Cleveland, Ohio and Seattle, Washington you would think that there can’t possibly be anything that the two would have in common. When you look deeper however you will see that if things go the Oklahoma City Thunders’ way within the next couple of weeks they will have one thing in common and that’s pain.

Cleveland fans have endured for years heartache from The Drive, The Shot and anything else you want to put a “THE” in front of. One of the things that was definitely a smack in the face besides “The Decision” recently has been the Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore.

This excerpt from Wikipedia sheds some light on the situation…

In 1995, Art Modell, who had purchased the Browns in 1961, announced he was relocating the team to Baltimore, Maryland. The outrage and controversy[3] that erupted, as well as the NFL’s desire to keep a team in Cleveland, led to an agreement whereby Modell was cleared to move his team but relinquished ownership of the Browns’ name, colors, logos and history. That paved the way for the formation of a reconstituted team that resumed play in 1999 after three years of suspended operations.

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4 reasons Seattle gets an NBA team

Seattle SuperSonicsEver since 2008 when Clay Bennett wrongfully took the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City, Seattle has been a city deprived of basketball. If there is any city in America that deserves a NBA team it is Seattle. The NBA needs to grant this city a basketball team it should have never lost. A team being returned to Seattle is looking more optimistic than ever now and here are four reasons why a professional basketball team will return to Washington.

Maloof Family– The Sacramento Kings owners that have no handle on their arena or teams future after what has transpired this week. The Maloofs did agree on a financial plan for a new arena that was also was agreed with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, but this week the owners have decided to back out on the deal due to the fact that they do not trust Johnson. The Kings future is getting more bleak by the day and with owners that are slowly going bankrupt the Maloofs should be looking to sell. With the deal in Sacramento announced dead by Mayor Kevin Johnson the Kings future looks to be in the hands of another city.

Chris Hansen- If the Maloofs are indeed going to sell, then this Seattle native will be jumping for joy for the chance of owning a franchise. Chris has been in the process of trying to build a new arena in Seattle. He is trying to pass a 490 million dollar arena plan. If only Chris Hansen could have been here when Howard Schultz was selling the Sonics. Chris is someone who is dedicated to bringing a team to this town and would not care about the costs. He is going so far as to conduct a traffic study to see how the new proposed arena would affect the area. When a team does get a team in seattle it will most likely be because of this man and his large check book.

The Irony– The head of the Relocation Committee is none other than the man who stole the Sonics from seattle, Clay Bennett. He does not make the call on whether or not a team gets to relocate, David Stern who is open about bringing a team back to Seattle does. If Clay Bennett was involved at all in the process of getting a team in Seattle will be priceless. Clay Bennett could use helping bring a team to Seattle as a good PR move as well, because ever since 2008 he is the most hated man in the state of Washington.

Other Locations- The city of Anaheim really wants this franchise. The thing is though the Lakers and the Clippers would be within 35 miles away from the Kings. How is  a team in Anaheim going to sell tickets with two top five teams in the West just minutes away? How will this team compete for regional television time? Vancouver has been reported as another possible location, but hasn’t the NBA learned that teams in Canada won’t work. Big name stars do not want to re-sign back their. Seattle is proven to support a NBA team for 40 years. Anaheim seems like a huge gamble, something that the Maloofs are doing with the future of the Kings franchise every day.

Morgan Grimmett is a NBA writer for The Sports Blitz and can be contacted at MGrimmett@SportsBlitz.com or on Twitter @Morgan_Grimmett 

Sacramento Kings headed to Seattle?

Seattle SuperSonicsSeattle hasn’t had an NBA team since 2008 when the Sonics were moved and renamed Oklahoma City Thunder, but the city has turned over documents to The Seattle Times stating they may be searching for one.

Turning over records under a public records request, news has now surfaced that Seattle has been working behind the scenes the past eight months to bring back an NBA team to town. Possibly as early as next fall if the Sacramento Kings fail to get a stadium deal.

The documents requested included an agenda for a meeting that took place on December 13th, with topics including “Review of Basic Deal Structure,” “City Debt Capacity” and “Financing Issues.”

Christopher Hansen, a Seattle native, approached the city about his desire by buy an NBA team and build an arena south of Safeco Field, the documents show. Hansen told city officials an arena could be built with minimal impact on taxpayers.

“I really appreciate it and look forward to making this happen in Seattle. I genuinely mean that and am confident that with a little effort and creativity we can find a solution that meets our needs and the City’s/State’s desire to get a team back to Seattle without a large public outlay,” Hansen wrote in a June 16 email to Julie McCoy, chief of staff to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and Ethan Raup, the mayor’s director of policy and operations.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said Saturday he is taking the proposal seriously, but doesn’t want the city left “holding the bag.”

“It’s a pretty substantial commitment that would have to be made by the investors,” McGinn said, emphasizing that the city budget can’t be tapped to fund an arena.

He added that any offer also must honor the will of Seattle voters, who in 2006 overwhelmingly approved an initiative that says the city must make a profit on any investment it makes in a sports arena.