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Traffic questions take center stage during KeyArena MOU hearing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:47 -0700

City budget director Ben Noble told the committee that the Oak View Group’s $40 million transportation fund payment is to be spread over a 39-year lease term. He suggested the city could issue public bonds against the pledged OVG money if it requires a lump sum in the short term.

Chris Hansen needs game changer if he wants to climb back in Seattle arena race

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:03:37 -0700

With the Seattle City Council getting closer and closer to approving the renovation of KeyArena, the Sodo project needs to come up with some big money or delay the vote until it does.

Will Mayor Ed Murray’s resignation affect the Seattle arena process?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:57:12 -0700

With Murray’s resignation, there is a new dynamic in a seemingly open path to a revamped KeyArena. Most likely, that still will be the outcome. But if people were wondering what a successful Hail Mary scenario for Chris Hansen’s rival arena group could look like, this is it.

News conference to announce KeyArena MOU canceled after new Ed Murray allegations

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:41:01 -0700

No details were made available on when the news conference, to announce a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group, will be held. Murray was scheduled to lead the news conference alongside OVG co-founder Tim Leiweke.

Oak View Group plans to renovate KeyArena by October 2020, spend $40 million on transportation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The city of Seattle on Tuesday was scheduled to announce its Memorandum of Understanding with the L.A.-based Oak View Group, which plans to spend $600 million renovating the arena for NBA and NHL use.

KeyArena advisory committee member calls process a model for other cities

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Evan Clifthorne, executive director of the Project Belltown community group, was on a 13-member KeyArena advisory committee that met multiple times with the City of Seattle and the Oak View Group to discuss the planned arena upgrade. “It really was a novel concept,” he said.

KeyArena MOU with Oak View Group coming Tuesday: What to expect in Seattle arena agreement

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:50:53 -0700

Traffic and parking around KeyArena must be addressed, and you’d expect any MOU, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday, to begin that process.

Seattle officials say Sodo group’s offer to also renovate KeyArena is too late

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:34:07 -0700

In making its latest proposal, the Sodo group, led by Chris Hansen, said it was offering an alternative KeyArena solution in the event its project is ultimately approved. But the city’s Office of Economic Development issued a terse “no thanks” to the offer in a statement.

If and when the Sonics return to Seattle, could Kevin Durant come back, too?

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:10:08 -0700

Kevin Durant has professed his love for Seattle on multiple occasions. So, would he consider returning to Seattle someday? "Who knows?"

Once again, someone doesn’t appreciate the many talents of Isaiah Thomas. That’s a mistake

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:59:12 -0700

Every time someone doubts former Huskies point guard Isaiah Thomas, he makes them look silly. So what was Celtics general manager Danny Ainge thinking when he traded him to Cleveland?

Ex-Sonic Rashard Lewis savors roar of Seattle crowd after victory in BIG3 playoff game

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:50:36 -0700

Lewis got a rousing standing ovation from 8,583 fans at KeyArena. They came to relive old memories and cheer past-their-prime stars such as Lewis who participated in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 basketball league.

It is too early to pronounce Sodo-arena project dead

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:02:09 -0700

While the plan for a Sodo District arena envisioned by entrepreneur Chris Hansen wasn’t helped by the Port of Seattle spending an extra $10 million to complete funding for the Lander Street overpass, it’s far too early to pronounce anything dead.

Ice Cube brings ex-Sonic Rashard Lewis out of retirement for BIG3 basketball, coming to KeyArena

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:12:04 -0700

Ice Cube, veteran entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz and BIG3 commissioner Roger Mason Jr. launched the league in January amid skepticism.

KeyArena renovation draft MOU on track to be done by Sept. 12, Seattle officials say

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:07:23 -0700

The head of Seattle’s economic development office said city negotiators have held all-day sessions with the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group on finer points of their proposed $564 million renovation.

Seattle arena study lacks context, economists say, but spurs discussion

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:59:51 -0700

The recent study said a Sodo arena would generate three times more tax revenue than a renovated KeyArena. But “opportunity cost” was not factored in, which favored the Sodo proposal, and the study omitted up to $72 million in leasehold excise taxes the KeyArena project could pay.

Drew League prevails over Crawsover League in battle of Pro-Ams

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:28:27 -0700

Jamal Crawford's Pro-Am team traveled to Los Angeles last week where it lost 101-94 to a Drew League squad led by former NBA star Baron Davis.

KeyArena and iconic sloped roof get historical landmark status

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:58:10 -0700

A landmarks preservation board granted the designation to the 55-year-old facility Wednesday. Members of OVG and the city are expected to meet shortly with the landmarks board to begin discussions on how to keep their renovation plan within the parameters of the designation.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: Expansion ‘inevitable’; Seattle on a ‘short list’

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:01:02 -0700

NBA commissioner Adam Silver made some of his most favorable comments yet about expansion to Seattle in an interview with the Blazers' C.J. McCollum for The Players' Tribune.

Sonics Rising, NHL to Seattle websites represented on KeyArena advisory group

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:50:46 -0700

Brian Robinson of Sonics Rising and John Barr of NHL to Seattle were among 13 invited by the city to join a group that will evaluate plans to convert the arena into an NBA/NHL facility. The city is negotiating with the Oak View Group’s proposal to overhaul of the facility.