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Women's Hoops

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May 22, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Going to Kansas City?

Sonics and Storm owner Clay Bennett was in Kansas City on Monday, speaking at a luncheon about the possibility of the Midwestern town being the site of his new franchise.
What bothers me is that Bennett has the nerve to be bothered, telling reporters that after the Legislature declined to vote on public taxpayer money to build him a new facility, there were “no letters to the editor, nothing in the media” yadda, yadda, yadda.
Hmm. What do you call the whole “Save our Sonics and Storm” campaign? Or how about that smattering of people, including Renton’s mayor, rallying outside a Sonics game hoping for an “11th hour miracle?” And, gee, hasn’t the media been covering this train wreck since the jump? Even Storm forward Lauren Jackson researched the sale last summer to find resolutions.
True, there aren’t any real “new” ideas as Bennett would like, and that’s partly because he’s unwilling to budge on his $500 million proposal.
As has been stated many times, KeyArena was renovated before the Mariners and Seahawks received their facilities, and it was a shoddy deal the Ackerley family signed. But Bennett knew that before buying the team.
I’m a strong proponent of keeping the teams in the region; losing basketball here would break my heart. But most people can’t afford to break their pocketbooks for millionaires. Big money has the chance to hammer this one out and stay in the Northwest. If not, Kansas City, with its phat new facility just waiting for a tenant, may have some new residents.

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