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January 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

With worse fan support than Spokane, can Seattle get its NBA mojo back?

Sonics fans cheer as Seattle destroys Phoenix at Key Arena in the 1997 NBA playoffs. (Credit: Rod Mar / The Seattle Times)

Basketball fans have been on the edge of their seats for days. Seattle seems so close to getting back a team — is the acquisition of the Sacramento Kings already a done deal?  Or are the rumors premature, and have hopes been raised, only to be quashed again?

With the enormous amount of local media attention focused on the drama unfolding in Sacramento, you might think that Seattle is a basketball-crazy town.  But you’d be wrong.

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September 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Who are the Storm fans?

Storm game at Key Arena, 2008 (photo credit: (Two Gypsy Hearts/ Kate via Wikimedia Commons)

In The Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer reports on the challenges faced by the group of women who own Seattle’s WNBA team, the Storm.  It ain’t easy owning the Storm.  No women’s sports team in America has ever had lasting success, and as Jerry puts it, owning the team is “neither a luxury nor a hobby.  It’s an assignment, and sometimes a burden” for these dedicated women.

To get a sense of just how much women’s pro basketball is up against, look no further than the slew of disparaging reader’s comments on The Times story.  It’s an uphill battle, to say the least.

So the Storm have plenty of detractors, sure.  But they have their fans, too.

Just who are the Storm’s fans?

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