Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to getting the NBA back to Seattle even though he just lost one of his biggest partners in the process. Hansen released a statement Friday congratulating former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
Hansen says Ballmer's commitment will make him a "great owner and strong asset for the league." But Ballmer's deal in Los Angeles leaves him out of Hansen's investment group that has attempted to get a team back to Seattle. Hansen says his remaining partners - two members of the Nordstrom department store family are the other known partners - are still committed. Hansen says environmental reviews on a proposed arena are nearing completion and "we will soon be in a strong position to attract a franchise" to Seattle.
May 30, 2014/ SEATTLE (AP)