theagent wrote:okay first things first, I never said anything about the knicks moving. The Knicks moving out of NY is a asinine as a hotdog with no mustard. I said Hansen could buy the Knicks from Dolan's crazyass and just revamp the organization like Ballmer did with the Clips. Dolan lowballed KD.....who the f*** does that? With Hansen owning the Knicks IN NY, he would be part of the NBA board of governors. Thus, could use his influence to start a campaign to bring a teams to SEA and Vegas for whomever want to lead that charge. Hansen in NY would be a definite upgrade over Dolan. What shenanigans are you alleging he did in his bid to buy the Kings? He put up a non-refundable 30million and still got screwed. If anything he's a victim.
Hansen an outsider? wtf are you talking about? His proposal was more progressive than that OVG garbage and that key arena renovation looks hideous
Hate to break this to you, but yes....Hansen is indeed an outsider in regards to the league (NBA). He had zero connections within the league prior to the Kings purchase agreement. And no, He has no plans to own a team outside Seattle.
Weeks after his aggressive bid to buy and relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle failed, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen bankrolled an effort to undercut a deal the team's new owners made to build an arena in Sacramento.
Hansen, who donated $100,000 on June 21 to a political action committee attempting to halt the $448 million deal to build the Kings a new downtown arena, says he "made a mistake" by giving a Los Angeles law firm $100,000.
The firm of Loeb & Loeb secretly funneled $80,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a public vote on the arena plan, which includes funding of at least $258 million in public money.
"While I'm sure everyone can appreciate how easy it is to get caught up the heat of battle, with the benefit of hindsight, this is clearly a decision I regret," Hansen said Friday in a statement, noting the money came from him and not on behalf of the Seattle ownership group or its partners. "I wish the city of Sacramento and Kings fans the best in their efforts and they have my commitment not to have any involvement in their arena efforts in the future."
I was rooting for the guy. But, Hansen f'd up. He blew it. The NBA doesn't do business with people like that.
Tim Leiweke meanwhile, has strong connections within the league. He was CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Which owns the Raptors). Bonderman is also a minority owner (Celtics).
Listen, I don't like the Key renovation myself. But we don't really have a choice in the matter. We all need to support Leiweke/Bonderman's group because they're our best & only real shot at making it a reality.