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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

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."

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:42 am

Cuban would support Seattle return

The overwhelming sentiment I am sensing is that David Stern needs to go and there needs to be new blood in charge in the NBA.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:37 am

Cuban would support Seattle return

Sacramento's been a downhill spiral since the NBA bent them over in 2002 so the Lakers could boost the Finals ratings.  The city of Sacramento should sue Stern and the officials involved.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:15 am

Cuban would support Seattle return

Fact: Clay Bennett never intended to keep the team in Seattle.  He traded away fan favorites Ray Allen and Rachard Lewis for future draft choices in order to tank the team--driving attendence down...

I really don't care anymore, but don't defend his actions, and blame Seattle attendence.  David Stern changed the rules of how to manipulate profit from cities, and he held the city of Seattle hostage to his and Clay's demands, when Seattle called their bluff, they executed the team, (which internal documents/emails prove was the intention all along).   

I'm happy Oklahoma has a team.  It just sucks that Seattle has to do something similar to another city to try to get their Sonics back.  When will the NBA rid themselves of the gangster Stern?  Not soon enough.  

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:15 am
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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:49 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

UWDAWG-I do hope you get a team, but if the city accepts the current proposal which is basically the same as Bennett's I'd be surprised.  But if they do-they could have done it before the Sonics moved and kept the team then-period.  They didn't.

Also remember OKC had the Hornets for 2 years and the people knew they were moving back.  They supported the Hornets with sellouts and excitement-without that OKC wouldn't have been considered.  Fact-Seattle didn't support the Sonics.  If they had Starbucks man would still own the team and you would be in a new arena.  ADMIT IT.

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:38 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

OKC and thier owner basically used his "friendship" with Lame duck commisioner Stern to steal a franchise that had been in the same city for 41 years!!  Attendance is you will find out when the players you stole from Seattle get older or get traded. The market in Oklahoma city is roughly the same as in when the team is not so will be hard pressed to sell out every game.  The "new car smell" will wear off soon and then let's see how you feel??  I would bet my house that the Seattle Thunder does not stay in OKC for 40+ years.  What a sham...the NBA is a shitty product now anyway...and I for one will never watch another game...Thanks alot David Stern!! 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:09 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

Sir-OKC loves it's football-true, but they also love the Thunder and sell out almost every game-fact.

Get over it-Seattle attendance wise didn't come close to supporting the team.  If you had agreed to build the area that Bennett proposed you'd still have your team.  But no you politicians and taxpayers said over my dead body.  Taxpayers had already paid for new FB and Baseball arenas

If they approve this deal, they would basically approved the deal Bennett proposed.  Seattle is the only one to blame and you know it.
Charlotte did the same thing and lost their team-then built that arena for another.

But I wish you well.  And Cuban objected to the move to OKC, because he felt "that is our market".  Not any more Markie.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:46 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

Of course he wants the Sonics back. Most people across the NBA do. Personally, I for one don't understand why OKC gets all this love for being a great basketball town. I've always consider Oklahoma a football state. Watch what happens when the team sucks...will the fans show up?

Seattle is a basketball town through and through and the machinations of David Stern and Clay Bennett cost Seattle their team. Rather, those two collaborated to steal the team. If Bennett had made a good-faith effort to keep the team in Seattle my opinion would be completely different. But he didn't. I cannot forgive him and the NBA higher-ups (minus Cuban and Paul Allen, who were the only owners who opposed the move) for robbery. 

I guess my main point is that Seattle deserves a team, considering the one they had is gone for good, sadly.  

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:26 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

Wow , if it's OK with Mark Cuban then its all right with me. 
My world is a better place now with his approval . 

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:16 pm

Cuban would support Seattle return

An alternative solution is hold a world basketball club challenge in Seattle with the best European, Asain and Oceanic teams playing the NBA teams, on an annual basis.

This not only increases the awareness of the NBA, it could open up new avenues commercially with potential 'world club cup' tournaaments throughout the world annually or bi-annually.

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