In a story that I thought was going to take a turn for the dormant for the next few years, a quick blip hit the radar today as it was discovered through legal disclosure that Chris Hansen had made a contribution to a firm that represented opposition groups in Sacramento, gathering signatures to try to put their arena deal to a vote.
At first, I was a little surprised to hear that he would do that, considering Hansen has pretty much taken the high road (almost to a fault) during the entire ordeal that resulted in the NBA (read, David Stern) not allowing the move to happen in the first place.
Being a calm, somewhat rational being that hadn’t heard a peep from Seattle’s savior yet, I waited for his statement. Lo and behold, he apologized.
Ever done something in the heat of the moment? Have you ever had multi-million dollar land acquisitions planned for months along with a purchase and sale agreement with a $30 million dollar advance deposit to show your serious all of a sudden be jeopardized by the worst commissioner in professional sports? While I know this blogs readership is pretty affluent, my guess – probably not.
So yeah, he plunked down some pennies to figure out what opposition was being mounted and the efforts that they were taking to block the arena, considering the fine folks of Sacramento, their mayor and David Stern had just done to him. It was a small hedge to his giant bet on a system that is irrevocably broken. He tried. Deal with it.
Chances are, the effort in Sac to stop this is futile – and even if it did come to ballot, prove you want the team Sac-town. Vote it in, and you get to watch years of DeMarcus Cousins instead of us.
Lastly, if anyone thinks that this is going to stop the Seattle NBA train from pulling into town and “how bad this makes Hansen look!!!!!!111″ – you are verifiably crazy. This is a league where money talks, and the guy who somehow scared owners into being unanimous when they didn’t want to, is almost out of office.
I can’t wait for sports next best rivalry in a few years. Seattle definitely has it out for NorCal.