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Seattle City Council Approves Revised Agreement For Hansen's $490M Arena Plan
Published September 14, 2012
YOU THINK THEY'LL NOTICE? Hansen on Thursday said that the NBA "has been closely watching what's taking place in the Pacific Northwest and a renegotiated memorandum of understanding between Hansen and the city council on the proposed arena goes a long way to easing the league's concerns about Hansen's plan." Hansen: "It means a lot to the NBA. They've been watching very close to what we're doing. I think going in they were very skeptical we would get to this point given our history in Seattle." He said regarding the possibility of an NBA franchise in the city as early as next year, "I think it's conceivable, that would be optimistic and that is not an expectation I would not want to set. I worry that people are expecting us to get this deal done and it be like magic and a team would be here this year. It's like, 'Poof and we've got a deal done and where is our team?' This is a far more difficult process. I think anybody who is intimately familiar with the NBA knows this is a tough next face we have to go through" (AP, 9/13).
THIS BUD'S FOR YOU: In Seattle, Percy Allen reports Hansen on Thursday "hosted a victory party that drew roughly 1,500 to the Pioneer Square restaurant." Hansen said to the crowd, "I probably wouldn't be here today if we weren't as successful as we were in getting all of you guys rallied behind us. So thank you. And that's what this beer is for." Allen notes Hansen "bought the first round of beer -- Redhook or Bud Light" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/14).