Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he is proud of Sonics fans and their work to get Seattle a team. In a brief statement today, he said: “We’re going to stay focused on our job: making sure Seattle remains in a position to get a team when the opportunity presents itself.”
The mayor has perhaps the most at stake politically if an arena deal stalls, since making a deal with the Hansen investment team is one of the most high-profile accomplishments of his first term.
One of his challengers, Peter Steinbrueck, said there’s no reason to think the arena discussion is over.
“I don’t think it ends here. There’s still the potential for a franchise or expansion. Seattle has certainly demonstrated its interest in bringing back a team,” he said.
But opponents of the Sodo location said the NBA’s refusal to let the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle is a perfect chance to re-evaluate the Seattle site and see if there’s a better spot.
Environmental attorney Peter Goldman stopped short of celebration, but said: “We’re not disappointed to have time to do this right.”
Hansen has not commented publicly. King County Executive Dow Constantine said on Twitter that he was “disappointed, but undeterred.”