Seattle sports fans desperately want an NBA team again after the SuperSonics left following the 2007-08 season to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.
An investment group, led by businessman Chris Hansen, has tried to bring a pro basketball franchise back to Seattle for a while, and arguably the city’s most famous sports star, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, has joined the cause.
Wilson released a longer statement, as well.
Hansen also released a statement.
The NBA currently has 30 teams, and adding another through expansion would create a conference imbalance. Getting a team through is another option for Seattle, but building a new arena seems to be the largest roadblock. The old KeyArena lacks many of the modern amenities current stadiums possess.
A new arena also could pave the way for an NHL franchise to come to Seattle. The Pacific Northwest has a few large markets and the NHL has no television footprint in the region, besides the Vancouver Canucks to the north in British Columbia.
The NHL announced earlier in the year it is expanding to Las Vegas, and another Western Conference team would give both conferences 16 teams apiece.
Hansen’s group still has plenty of work to do before the NBA and/or NHL come to Seattle, but having someone of Wilson’s stature join the action can’t hurt.
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