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The Seattle City Council is starting to ask questions about a potential new arena.

There are two possibilities at play. The first option is a privately-financed stadium in the SoDo neighborhood. The second is the redevelopment of KeyArena.

Both options will require council action in the coming months, leading to the creation of the Select Committee on Civic Arenas. The committee met for the first time Monday.

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Developer Chris Hansen is talking publicly for the first time in nearly two years about his plans for a sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo district. This is happening as the city requests proposals to redevelop KeyArena and as Hansen's agreement with the city and county is set to expire in November.

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A group of historic preservation advocates in Seattle are giving valentines to KeyArena as the city considers whether to build a new arena. 

The city is seeking proposals to redevelop the site as a new arena with the potential to host NBA and NHL events. Those proposals could include demolition.

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With word this week that Seattle’s KeyArena will host next year’s WNBA All-Star Game for the first time, there are new developments in the effort to make that venue suitable for the NBA and NHL. Meanwhile, plans to build a proposed sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo District continue.

The latest from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The proposal for a new sports arena in Seattle just got more interesting - and more complicated. Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about what's going on.

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Sonics fans and supporters of a proposed arena in Seattle are trying to regroup after a big setback this week. The City Council voted 5-4 not to vacate a street needed for the project.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about what happened and what might be next.

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Developer Chris Hansen’s proposed NBA and NHL arena in Seattle’s SoDo district passed a major milestone this week. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the biggest obstacle remains: the NBA.

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A surprising development in Glendale, Ariz., involving the Phoenix Coyotes has hockey fans in Seattle crossing their fingers about a possible relocation of the team.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says their wish isn’t likely to come true.

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Investor Chris Hansen confirmed in interviews this week that he is looking for a new teammate in his Seattle arena project. Hansen's plan for a basketball and hockey arena in the SoDo district recently received a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.

But the process is far from over. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel said there are bigger hurdles ahead, including the question of which sport should come first.

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After last year’s failed bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle, there has been a lot of talk lately about professional hockey coming to town.

An arena proposed for Seattle’s Sodo district would be built to accommodate both sports. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has learned that NBA must come first.

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Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena.

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A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. 

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A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen says he regrets funding a secretive effort to block a new downtown arena for Sacramento's professional basketball team.

Hansen's involvement was disclosed by California's campaign watchdog Friday.

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Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to bringing the Sonics back to Seattle despite having lost his bid to move the Sacramento Kings to town.

Hansen made his first public comments about the failed deal in interviews this week.  

Longshoremen in Seattle plan to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that threw out their challenge to a new Sonics basketball arena.

The longshoremen’s union argued that the city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen violated state environmental laws when they signed an agreement for the arena. They said that memorandum of understanding focuses too much on the site Hansen prefers – in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. And that’s before an environmental review is finished.

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Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

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A revised agreement for a new Seattle sports arena that was unveiled this week got people talking again about the future of KeyArena. As part of the amended deal with lead investor Chris Hansen, the city negotiated $7 million for upgrades to KeyArena and a study about its future.

That future may not include the Seattle Storm, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Battle lines are being drawn between people who want a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle and people who don’t. A town hall meeting at North Seattle Community College at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th, will give people a chance to speak out on the proposal. 

One issue likely to come up is whether the city is even big enough to support six professional sports teams.  The plan would add an NBA team and possibly an NHL team to the city's pro sports landscape of Seahawks, Mariners, Storm and Sounders. 

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The revelation of big local backers. A huge fan rally. A high-profile meeting with the commissioner of the NBA. It all happened this week as supporters of the Seattle arena proposal get ready for key city and county committee hearings next week.

The opposition is heating up as well.

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A planned rally for Sonics fans at 4 p.m. today in Occidental Park is perhaps taking on even more significance, with word this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family are among the investors behind the plan to bring the Sonics back to Seattle with a proposed new arena.

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The team backing a new sports arena in Seattle began coming into focus today, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family putting their money behind the proposed venue. They’re the first to go public as part of hedge fund manager Chris Hansen’s team of private investors.

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The proposal to build a new sports arena in Seattle is now open to public scrutiny now that the City of Seattle and King County have formalized their agreement with lead investor Chris Hansen.  The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward.

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KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes what he's hearing about a proposed arena deal in Seattle.

The goal is to return the NBA to Seattle and bring the city a professional hockey team with a new arena to be built in the city's SoDo district. The project would be self-funded and not rely on new taxes.