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Cuban would support Seattle return

Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:54 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Mark Cuban always holds court with the media when his Mavericks make their annual visit to Madison Square Garden. On Sunday, he said he'd support Seattle's efforts to return to the NBA.

"As long as it’s not an expansion team, yes," Cuban said. "... I voted against the move because I thought it was wrong to leave Seattle. I’d be all for a team going back to Seattle. But it would have to be a team that moves. I’d be against any type of expansion."

Plans for a $490 million arena aimed at attracting an NBA and NHL team to Seattle were unveiled this week, with a $290 million commitment from investors led by Seattle native and hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. The balance of the funds would come from tax revenues generated by the building and rent paid by the teams, according to the plan.

But with the NBA already in a state of overexpansion, the irony for Seattle is that its path back to the NBA would have to entail doing what Oklahoma City did to Seattle in 2008: luring a team from somewhere else. The likely suspects are Sacramento and New Orleans, where both NBA teams are facing uncertain arena situations.

"Teams go in cycles," Cuban said. "When you're at the top of the cycle, like Sacramento when they were winning, they were selling out every game and it was one of the hardest places to play. But it’s really how the market supports the team when you suck."

A vote by the Sacramento City Council is expected by the end of the month on a funding plan for a new downtown arena for the Kings. Sources say the NBA has narrowed its list of potential buyers for the league-owned Hornets to a handful of groups -- possibly two -- that would keep the team in Louisiana. The announcement of a purchase agreement could come soon after All-Star weekend, pending the resolution of talks between the league, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office and the Louisiana legislature on a new arena lease.

"We continue to work with the Hornets to reach a long-term leasing agreement," Frank Collins, Jindal's press secretary, said in a statement provided to CBSSports.com.

Cuban also weighed in on the new collective bargaining agreement, which he helped negotiate as a member of the owners' labor relations committee. Asked when it will be known whether the owners got a good deal or a bad deal, Cuban said, "We'll find out over the next three or four years. We’ll see what happens when we have a chance to opt out of it in six years.

Asked what criteria should be used to evaluate the new CBA, Cuban said, "Are all the teams making money? ... If all the teams have a chance to compete, then you have a better chance of making money. If you have a better chance of retaining your star players, you have a better chance of making money. So they all go hand in hand."
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:26 am
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

SoonerCFLer considered it a telling point in his argument that "People in Oklahoma would not support, nor tolerate a MLS team.  This is a football state." Game, set, and match! Why so? Because, in the immortal words of 'the Voice of God': "Football is America."

I had to wipe a tear from eye at the notion of all those right-thinking people, simple folks with good, clean, honest American tastes and values.




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:14 am
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

SeattleSports, OKC surely must also envy Seattle's multiple serial killers, high suicide rate, and many famous bands that cannot carry a tune.



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Have you ever heard of the Seattle Pilots major league baseball team?  The Mariners are not Seattle's first attempt at pro baseball.  People in Oklahoma would not support, nor tolerate a MLS team.  This is a football state that has a NBA team and is supporting.  The OU basketball team is drawing very well but they are not very good either.  By the way Seattle has a population of 668,660; OKC population is 580,000; throw in Tulsa and Wichita, Kansas you have a population base of 1.3 million and thats not counting the suburbs.  I can understand your anger at losing the Sonics but OKC is #31 largest population in USA, more people than Sacramento, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and New Orleans thats not counting the surrounding suburbs. OKC falls to #44 population by metro but is still larger than New Orleans, Salt Lake City, and Buffalo.  They all have pro sports.  Oklahoma will support the Thunder,  I hope Seattle gets the Hornets, I saw them last night.  They play hard and tough but they need good ownership,  I think they would thrive there in Seattle.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:38 pm
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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Okay SonnerCFLer. I bet prices are expensive for the Sooners games. Oklahoma is still small time. Do you have a professional baseball team? Do you have a professional football team? Do you have an MLS team? 

Don't spout off comments that the Sonics left because of poor attendance. Look at the Sonics attendance history. The Sonics were averaging 13,355 in 2007-2008, the year they were "stolen" by Clay Bennett. The prior years: 2006-2007: 15,955, 2005-2006: 16,198, 2004-2005: 16,475.  I would have to say that this is pretty good attendance considering the Key Arena does not hold anymore than 17,072.

The last year was poor attendance due to the turmoil going on and two of the favorite players on the team were traded. You cannot say that Ray Allen did not amount to anything. He helped the Celtics win a championship. Rashard Lewis has not done much, I will give you that. But your argument that Seattle was to blame as they did not support the Sonics is a weak one. I bet in any other city with a losing record and losing two players who were the fan favorites, the attendance would be lower than Seattle's.



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:38 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Oklahoma is all about college football. The Thunder will not last in Oklahoma city. Oklahoma is too small market. You will see. 

What do you think the cost of a OU football ticket is?  They are not cheap and there is a waiting list.  There is more oil money in Oklahoma than coffee money in Seattle.  Never think that there isn't money to support the NBA here.  Nobody ever said that the Thunder wanted to share in Sonic history!  If the Hornets move to Seattle, hang the Sonic banners with the Hornet ones - who cares!   



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Are you kidding me Detroit? That place is a hole.



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Yes. Seattle fans would. Look at the Seattle Sounders and Seattle Seahawks attendance. Also even look at the Seattle Mariners attendance compared to other losing MLB teams. Seattle is a good sports town. Oklahoma is all about college football. The Thunder will not last in Oklahoma city. Oklahoma is too small market. You will see. Also, The Thunder should not be sharing any of the Sonics history. That is lame!!



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

"Clay Bennett purposely made the Sonics terrible by trading away the two best players on the team to drive down attendance."


So..he chose to lose money in Seattle where he could move to OKC, and eventually lose his franchise? Are you kidding me?  POLITICS and LOW ATTENDANCE cost Seattle.  Lewis and Allen aren't exactly tearing up the NBA today.  If Seattle should be such a deserving town for another Sonic franchise, will they attend the games regardless of the record?  No they won't and liberal politicians have no loyalty to anything unless they are guaranteed votes.  



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Cuban would support Seattle return

Well said Clay Bennett purposely made the Sonics terrible by trading away the two best players on the team to drive down attendance. I also agree with UWDAWGS comments as well. The Thunder eventually will come crashing down when they have a losing record. Oklahoma is such a small market city. Seattle is a much larger market and deserves a team. OKC will end up relocating when attendance is very low and when the stadium no longer fits to the standards of the NBA.


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