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HillBillyZag
11-08-2007, 09:34 PM
At a news conference following his announcement that the 2009 NBA All-Star game would be held in Phoenix,Stern criticized The City of Seattle and the Washington Legislature for its handling of funding a replacement for Key Arena. Stern repeated earlier criticism of the Mayor and City Council forpromoting a measure, overwhelmingly approved by VOTERS that requires any funds intended to build an arena earn returns at the same rate as a treasury bill. That measure simply means there is no way City money will ever be used to fund an arena,said Stern. He also lamented the fact that the state legislature refused to continue a TAX that helped to fund Seattles new baseball & football stadiums. I wonder how much longer the rest of the Nation is going to keep spending taxpayer funds so that millionare owners and multi -millionare players can have facilities to play in when the average fan cannot afford to attend the games? I am no fan of Seattle Politics but in this case I have to congratulate them on taking a stand for the people.

Birddog
11-09-2007, 04:51 AM
Hillbilly, I tend to agree with you in principle re. using taxpayer funds for stadium/arena projects. The problem is that to be competitive you have to join in with what other cities are doing, and they are footing the bills. Good arguments can be made for that practice citing economic development and other blah, blah, blah reasons. Seattle and state officials simply made this a black and white issue and they are gonna pay the price. The fact that Clay Bennett and his pals were so so endearing to Seattleites notwithstanding. The funny thing is, OKC BB fans really don't want the Sonics that much. Opinions seem to be much more in favor of somehow stealing the Hornets back from NO.

Birddog

zag944
11-09-2007, 03:27 PM
The baseball and football stadiums were considerably cheaper at the proposal stage, and obviously stadiums for these sports are about 2.5-3 times as big capcity wise.
Bennett wanted 500 million, while paying a share considerably less then anyone else did, and seeing all the profits.
Key Arena is a fine place to watch a game. Bennett and Stern have insulted it constantly and now the whole nation thinks it sucks. The only thing wrong with it is that the owners don't get all the extras for parking and concessions etc. The capacity is offset by ticket prices above the leauge average, and with the exception of last year, our attendence was always pretty decent. So yeah, fans dont see a reason for a new arena, if the only real benefit is that it gives a jerk like Bennett more money.
He had a clause that he was to make a "good faith effort". Even if we disregard the insulting comments by Aubrey McLendon that say it was anything but, we can tell that no real effort was made.
1. They have 3 more years on their contract.
2. He had 4 more months before the NBAs deadline to file for relocation
3. He hasn't even met with the Indian tribe offering free land.
4. He refuses to discuss any option that isn't about his ridiculously overpriced arena that benefits anyone but him.

Stern is supposed to be impartial, so these stabs he continuely takes at us are completely unwarranted.

Screw Bennett, screw Stern, and screw the NBA. They have officially lost one of the 16 fans they had left.