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May 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Sonics

NBA needs some competition

Instead of lawsuits and complaining, Chris Hansen and his ownership group should make some calls to Vancouver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas (for starters), and discuss the immediate creation of a new‘ pro basketball league. This could save them a half-billion dollars, and in the process, give the greedy NBA owners and commissioner David Stern some competition, which they all need.

– Donn R Davis, Seattle

Why $30 million is already lost

In a letter, Mr. Brunner (“$15 million reasons to deny us team,” Backtalk, May 5) says that Clay Bennett would owe Seattle $15 million if we get a team within five years. If that were true, that would mean we would need to get a team by July 2, 2013, and I would certainly agree that Bennett would not want that to happen as head of the relocation committee.

However, the real settlement was that Bennett would owe Seattle $30 million unless either one of these occurred:

1) Our state legislature does not come up with money to renovate KeyArena by Dec. 31, 2009.

2) We don’t get a new team by July 2013.

We already lost that money in 2009 when No. 1 didn’t happen, so No. 2 no longer matters.

– John Hamilton, Kirkland

Mariners

We shouldn’t pay for nostalgia

The 1995 season was unforgettable, the 2001 campaign was unbelievable, and we have had the privilege to watch some great baseball at Safeco Field. But how in the world can this organization rationalize raising ticket prices? We cannot base ticket prices based on nostalgia. It should be based on the low quality product put on the field.

At least the Sounders offered the city a free ticket after a poor performance.

– Kyle Nilson, Lake Forest Park

Bob Condotta

Nobody covered UW like him

I am writing this letter to express my thanks to Bob Condotta and also to let you know what an impact he has had on the me, many other Husky Faithful, and The Seattle Times. For 16 years, he has covered the Washington Husky football team, and in that time he has linked many thousands of Huskies together as we follow his blog each day. Many of us live out of state, and Bob is our only connection back to Seattle.

I love the paper, but I can read about the news anywhere. Bob’s Blog was unique, and nobody covered the Huskies like he did. Bob’s blog was the main reason I read your website, even though I live in Portland, Ore.

– Tim O’Neill, Portland

Peyton Siva

Seattle product is total class act

The Louisville men’s basketball team recently concluded an outstanding season by winning the NCAA tournament. Senior point guard and co-captain Peyton Siva is Seattle’s contribution to this year’s best team.

Siva is not only a great player, he is also a person of strong character. I have been a season ticket-holder during his four seasons of play, and I’ve never seen him hang his head after making a mistake. Coach Rick Pitino says Siva is the most spiritual player he has ever coached. He even baby-sat Pitino’s grandchildren.

Siva is the second basketball player from Seattle who, over the past eight seasons, had illustrious careers playing for the Cardinals. The first was Terrence Williams who went on to play in the NBA. Fans are looking forward to Rainier Beach High School star Shaqquan Aaron coming to Louisville for the 2014-15 season.

Cardinal basketball fans love you, Seattle! We hope a Seattle connection with Louisville will continue for a long time to come.

– Paul L. Whiteley Sr., Louisville, Ky.

Youth sports

Send strong message about violence

There has been an increase in violence at Little League and other youth-oriented sporting events in recent years. This sadly recently culminated in the death of soccer referee Ricardo Portillo at a Utah soccer league game, when an angry 17-year-old player punched him in the face after he was called for a foul and issued a yellow card.

Hopefully, the player who punched him will be tried as an adult and be charged with at least manslaughter. A stern message must be sent unprovoked violence will not be tolerated at youth sporting events and will be punished severely.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Horse racing

Hoping Krigger rides in Longacres Mile

Emerald Downs faithful may have been a bit disappointed in Kevin Krigger placing 17th on Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby, but his landing of a mount to begin with was monumental nonetheless.

The Northwest has produced many great jockey’s over the years. I’m hoping Krigger will make a return trip at this year’s Longacres Mile.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

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