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WILL PAUL ALLEN SWOOP IN AND SAVE THE SEAHAWKS?
Published October 25, 1995
Getting Paul Allen to purchase the Seahawks would be the team's "greatest acquisition," writes SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER columnist Art Thiel this morning. But the "Seattle sports question of the moment" is whether Ken Behring would sell the team. Last week, Allen -- owner of the Blazers, Starwave and 80% of Ticketmaster, a co-founder of Microsoft and No. 4 on the Forbes 400 list -- said he "might take a look" at the Seahawks if they were available. Seahawks President David Behring has said the team is not for sale, but Thiel notes two things in response: "Everything is for sale," and, lately, Behring Sr. and Behring Jr. have been "at some odds." While Ken Behring is upset at King County over the handling of the ceiling tile episode and at the fact the Kingdome was not included in recent baseball stadium legislation, David enjoys running the team. As for moving the team to the vacant L.A. market, Thiel notes the legal problems in breaking the Kingdome lease and the fact the NFL likes the Seattle market. Thiel writes, "Rather than going up against the hostiles in Seattle and the hostiles in the NFL, it may occur in the coming months to the Behrings that the hassles of continuing ownership simply aren't worth it. Thus, Paul Allen." Allen not only could write a check for the team, but also guarantee construction loans with his wealth as collateral (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/25).