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It's hard to imagine Russell Wilson becoming vastly more popular in Seattle than he already is, but that could happen if his latest venture is successful.
In a letter to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and the Seattle City council, Hansen and partners wrote that economic considerations led them to suggest a new proposal in bring the National Basketball Association back to Seattle. "We know that his enthusiasm, positivity, and "never give up" attitude will make a huge difference in our effort". That was two years after a group of Oklahomans led by Clay Bennett bought the Seattle SuperSonics from a group led by Starbucks chief Howard Schultz. There's a good possibility that will happen, given that the league is expanding into Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season and may well desire another team in the West. That was after years of renting house in the Laurelhurst section of northeast Seattle, near the University of Washington and Children's Hospital. Wilson is a financial investor - not just a PR figurehead - in the partnership, though the source would not disclose the terms.
Regardless of what Russell Wilson does for the rest of his career, he will always be loved in Seattle for being a key part of the first Seahawks Super Bowl win.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media Monday he didn't know details about Wilson's involvement with the group but said it "sounds like fun". "Russell would love to be a part of something like that". "And Russell would love to be part of something like that". Now we'll see if Wilson's group can actually get the arena built and lure a new Sonics team to town. The Seahawks players were gone Monday afternoon after meetings and are off until practice on Wednesday for Sunday's home game against Philadelphia.
The new arena offer might satisfy critics who didn't want any public financing, but opposition remains strong at the Port of Seattle. "We can't wait to work with him in our pursuit".