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Report: New arena could be built with minimal taxpayer funding
It's been nearly four years since the city of Seattle last had a professional basketball team, but now for the first time since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City local basketball fans have reason for hope.
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  • mikeyg2000 wrote...
    YES YES YES
    Please sieze the day on this one, Seattle. This could mean landing an NBA and NHL team!!
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  • otmilkr wrote...
    Where do the Conservatives stand
    on this one? It will be interesting to see what they type, the HPDs of the world and such. Conservative always means pro business, pro profit , pro creating billionaires and millionaires.... but Conservative also means low taxes and keeping the Public and Private sector apart, and less public sector overall. Oh, ok, I have a recent example I can look at to see. When taxes, like those paid to fund a military are used to enrich the wealthy and create more wealthy people, that according to the Conservative rulebook is ok. So I am guessing the Conservative posters here will be in favor of the new arena.
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  • rational wrote...
    otmilkr
    Not being the official spokesperson for conservatives I can just offer you my thoughts.

    Firstly, the article suggested a stadium could be built for minimal taxpayer impact. Before being able to draw any real conclusions one would need to know what that mean in real numbers and how they intend to achieve that.

    Personally, I'm not a basketball fan, seems like too many spoiled thugs...but that's a personal preference. If they can build a stadium with no taxpayer impact then it's just another business moving into town...I see no reason to be against that. The more burden on taxpayers the less desirable the option. I suggest that after real details are determined put it all on a ballot and let the taxpayers have their say if they want to assist funding something like this.

    Your later statement is silly. Conservatives, tea party folks in particular are against tax money being given to the rich...or have you missed the whole shrink the goverment, reduced taxes bit? Government is corrupt and the more money you put into the hands of the corrupt the more they can siphon off to their friends and suporters. If you were against money being taken from tax payers and given to the rich the left should have embraced the tea party instead of lying and slandering them. But we know that the reality was the left doesn't want to decrease the tax burden on the middle class, they would rather increase it and they will continue to siphon it off to their friends and supporters.

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  • otmilkr wrote...
    Rational...
    Conservatives are fine and dandy with the military being used to defend the interests of petroleum Corporations which also benefitted Defense Contractors. You don't really beleive the "Iraqi Freedom" BS do you? They don't care about Iraqi freedom any more than anyone else's freedom. The CEOs that flew to D.C. in Corporate jets to ask for bailout money would likly be Conservative, wouldn't they? Or would they? I don't know. Another thought, is when Corporations bust Unions and the result is more people working with less beenfits, isn't that Corporate Welfare at taxpayer expense? If a Corporation gets the work out of an employee and that employee later in life ends up as a Senior on public assistance because of no retirement benefits, the Corporation diverted the true cost of that employee.
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  • rational wrote...
    otmilkr
    If I were a liberal I'd accuse you of being a racist for not wanting freedom for the brown skinned Iraqis.

    Since I'm not a liberal I'd just say that Bush is a progressive, Obama is a progressive...same worldview, somewhat different methods to achieve their ends. Ultimately, progressivism ends in totalitarianism. I was against going to war with Iraq back when it was being debated. Not that I was a fan of Saddam, but the whole process was flawed as well as the motivation.

    Don't make the mistake of confusing conservatives with republicans...there is a difference, alhtough there is some overlap. Most of the tea party are conservatives, but many are not republicans. Conservatives refer to "RINO's", but they're not really RINO's, they are republicans...progressive republicans, which is why conservatives are at odds with them. The republican party is indeed divided, and the point of division is conservativism vs progresivism. The democrat party has entirely surrendered to progressivism.

    So when you see disputes and rejecting of Romney and Gingrich from the right, to a large extent you're seeing the divide between conservatives and progressives as well as some who view themselves as just being practicle. Those folks claim they want to vote for ABO (anybody but Obama), and they'll set aside their values in that choice.

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  • wcremedy24 wrote...
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    *waits for ignorant comments about the NBA being full of thugs while ignoring the crime in the NFL
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  • seasalem22 wrote...
    Make it happen
    Just make this happen. Seattle is a great NBA city. I'm sure the NHL would do fine also and would help that league overall. Seattle is to large of a city and has too great a history as a basketball town not to push forward with these plans. I'm glad to see bussiness people making this happen rather than government. That should make this process go faster. Maybe a pipe dream but hey best news in a long time.
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  • Citizen of Krazy Town wrote...
    Build it in Bellevue!!!!
    Seattle has already had its chance at having a great NBA team and they blew it. There is a perfect area right along 405 on 116th avenue that is mostly abandoned car lots. It would be a great place for fans to quickly get an and out of the city for a game and Bellevue would do a better job of attracting a great team....AND KEEP THEM!
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  • kellysplanet wrote...
    Yes to NHL no to NBA
    To heck with Stern and his NBA. I am all for the NHL coming to Seattle but not the NBA as long as that crook Stern is in charge. I am still bitter about him and Bennett stealing the Supes from us. I would hate to see us get a lousy team like the Kings in here and have Durant and OKC come in here and crush us for years to come. I will never support the NBA as long as Stern is running it. I like how he is doing everything he can to keep the Hornets in New Orleans but didn't lift a finger to try and keep The Sonics here. He can go kick rocks for all I care
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  • wcremedy24 wrote...
    kellysplanet
    That kind of thinking is very shortsighted. We're all bitter and hate Stern but it's not like he's going to be around forever, this isn't just about the next several years, it's about getting a team back here period. And plus, it's not like he's going to make a public appearance before every game or something. And the Kings are in a similar situation as the Sonics were when they left, you can't just assume a team is gonna suck forever, look at how good the Thunder are after all those down years here because of high draft picks. I hate stern as much as the next guy and hope he retires soon but i'm not going to hold out just cause the league has a dumb commissioner who is nearing the end of his career..
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  • Steve in Bucoda wrote...
    How about with NO taxpayer funding.
    Seems this State "government" doesn't care. After voters said NO to new stadiums they go and hold an emergency session to overturn the people's will. My, how short the memories are. Just forget it; not one more penney for private businesses to build temples to their greed.
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  • seasports1216 wrote...
    Eastside? Ew no thanks
    I would never root for a team across that executive highway. Bellevue represents everything that's wrong with a city and a team would fail there. Seattle is a basketball town, always has been. It makes too much sense, it is now understood it will not be publicly funded or if it is the city will make a profit. There is money...there is interest. only a matter of time
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  • wcremedy24 wrote...
    seasports
    A lot of sonics ticket holders were from Bellevue. Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather have them in Seattle, but it's not like it would be impossible for it to work in Seattle
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  • LivingForHim wrote...
    Why a new facility?
    What's wrong with the Key Arena?
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  • AKAF wrote...
    @livingforhim
    Let us begin with no luxery boxes. Then let us continue that it was remodeled for basketball not hockey. Even a junior WHL team doesn't want to play there because of the lack of a complete bowl.
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