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Bill Radke speaks with Wally Walker, former general manager of the Seattle Sonics, about his support for a plan to build a NBA and NHL arena in Sodo.

However, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray chose an investor group to renovate KeyArena. He said he wants hockey and basketball in Seattle Center, not Sodo. 

Has the city now abandoned the Sodo idea? Walker says no.

Bill Radke talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about AEG's pitch to renovate KeyArena, which would potentially lay the groundwork for a new Sonics home. Baker discusses why the company's plans may be more realistic than Chris Hansen's Sodo arena, how traffic will be affected and why it's important to save KeyArena from demolition. 

KeyArena in Seattle Center.
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The city of Seattle requested proposals for the redevelopment of KeyArena Wednesday.

Tearing down and rebuilding the arena is one option open to developers. However, the city says the arena meets criteria for landmark status so any proposal to tear down the current space must be accompanied by a proposal for redevelopment.


Shelly Sterling says her family's trust has reached a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling issued a news release announcing a "binding contract" Thursday night.

"I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner," Shelly Sterling said in the news release. "We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success."

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The city of Seattle has no basketball team yet, but the fight over a proposed arena continues.

The state Court of Appeals upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union over the proposed site for a new basketball arena in SODO.

The longshoremen argued that an environmental review should have happened before the city made an agreement with arena investor Chris Hansen.

The appeals court ruled that the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Seattle, King County and Hansen did not constitute final approval for the project. In essence, the court wrote that there was no action as of yet to challenge.  

Remembering The SuperSonics World Championship

May 31, 2013
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So far, attempts to bring the SuperSonics back to Seattle have fallen short. Fans might be a little down, but 34 years ago the Sonics really gave us something to cheer about.

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The Sacramento Kings will stay in Sacramento. NBA owners met in Dallas Wednesday and overwhelmingly rejected an effort by investor Chris Hansen to move the team to Seattle.

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The Kings Stay In Sacramento
The inevitable was confirmed yesterday in Dallas by NBA commissioner David Stern. In a 22-8 vote, the NBA Board of Governors voted to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento. Investor Chris Hansen said the struggle makes the payoff sweeter and that he hopes the Sonics will return to Seattle eventually. We’ll talk with Ben Adler from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and Art Thiel in Seattle on how the decision came to be.

Art Of Our City: The Massive Monkees
Earlier this year the hip-hop dance troupe Massive Monkees opened their first official dance studio, called the Beacon.  As part of a Seattle program to invigorate empty storefronts in the city, the Monkees applied for and received a three-month residency in a storefront in the Chinatown-International District.  Over the course of that residency, the Beacon offered classes for students as young as three up to their 50s and beyond. Now Massive Monkees' official residency is over, but they have the opportunity to make the Beacon permanent.  The landlord has agreed to a longer lease with one catch:  They need to raise some money for capital repairs.  To that end, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. We revisit a tour we took to the Beacon in February of this year.

The Book Of Woe
The American Psychiatric Association is currently revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a tool used by clinicians to diagnose patients with mental disorders. According to Gary Greenberg it is more like an “anthology of suffering.” Greenberg is a psychotherapist and author of the new book, “The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.” In his book he explains the history of the DSM and how the current revision of the DSM-5 is, as he argues, the most flawed yet. He says the DSM turns suffering into a commodity, leading to over- and misdiagnosis of mental illness.

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DALLAS (AP) -- NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.

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The End Of The Seattle/Sacramento Kings Saga?
Months of speculation about the NBA’s return to Seattle could end today. League owners are in Dallas to vote on Chris Hansen’s deal to buy the Sacramento Kings and move the team to Seattle. Meanwhile, a rival group of NBA-backed Sacramento investors is waiting in the wings to keep the team in town. Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta joins us from Dallas.

Seattle International Film Festival Opens
It’s mid-May, which means summer is around the corner. But before you frolic outdoors, you’ll probably head into a movie theater for the annual Seattle International Film Festival. Organizers bill it as the biggest film festival in North America. Get a sneak preview with the minds behind the madness.

The Cost Of Health Care
Last week the government released costs for 100 common procedures at hospitals around the country.  The numbers varied wildly between geographic regions, but also between hospitals in the same city. University of Washington professor Aaron Katz explains what that means for consumers.

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The NBA’s Board of Governors meets in Dallas Wednesday to decide whether the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle. Until a few days ago, it seemed clear that the answer was no. In a key decision two weeks ago a committee of the NBA voted unanimously to keep the team in Sacramento.

Ask The Seattle Mayor

May 13, 2013
Mayor Mike McGinn
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Ask Mayor McGinn
Chris Hansen has upped his bid for the Sacramento Kings by another $75 million. We will ask Mayor Mike McGinn about the future of the Seattle Sonics and whether the city will build a stadium without a team.

Also, we’ll ask the mayor for his take on May Day, Seattle parks, new Seattle Police Department hiring rules and just what happened with those guns turned peace bricks? He will be in to answer those questions, and if you have any questions for the mayor call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

What To Expect From The NBA This Week
The NBA Board of Governors are meeting this Wednesday to decide whether or not to approve the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. King 5 reporter Chris Daniels has been following the saga from its onset. He regularly tweets updates on the Sacramento Kings and NBA decision.   

A Win For Sacramento, The Special Session, And "The Night Detectives"

Apr 30, 2013

NBA Says No To Seattle
The NBA has thrown cold water on Chris Hansen’s plans to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. The league’s relocation committee voted unanimously to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Art Thiel writes that Seattle can be to the NBA what Los Angeles is to NFL. Seattle still waits at the altar for an expansion team.

Jon Talton: Not Just An Economics Columnist
Jon Talton frequently analyzes business in the Pacific Northwest on Weekday, but he’s not just an economics columnist. He’s also a mystery writer. "The Night Detectives" is his 10th novel. It takes us from the familiar haunts of Phoenix to the seedy side of San Diego with his main character, David Mapstone.

Jay Inlsee’s Bottom Line
Governor Jay Inlsee says his bottom line is ending tax breaks and adding new tax revenue to the state budget. He will get that chance to draw that line in the special legislative session he has called for in two weeks.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately said the NBA’s Relocation Committee is made up 12 owners, including Clay Bennett. The committee is made up of seven members and includes Clay Bennett.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Apr 15, 2013
Dow Constantine
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King County Executive Dow Constantine traveled to New York earlier this month to pitch pro basketball's return to Seattle. We’ll hear where things stand in the quest for an NBA franchise. We’ll also talk about investment in King County parks, renewable energy and the latest County business. Have a question for the King County Executive? Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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Seattle is nearing the end of a years-long process to rezone its South Lake Union neighborhood. One of the final points of discussion is whether to increase a fee paid by developers in order to build taller than the city’s height limits. The money pays for affordable housing in the city. Some Seattle City Council members support a fee increase, but opponents say it’s too late in the game to make changes and risk cooling off growth in one of Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. We talk it over with Councilmember Nick Licata and developer A-P Hurd.

New Group Bids To Keep Kings In Sacramento

Mar 1, 2013
Sacramento Kings
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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still says his city is keeping their NBA basketball team, the Kings. That's despite a deal already in the works to sell the team to a Seattle group.

Johnson announced that new investors are stepping in with a last-ditch effort to keep the team on Thursday night.

Mark Mastrov is a Sacramento local and the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city's other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena.

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Correction: audio for this story differs from its original broadcast, which incorrectly identified Nate McMillan as a member of the Sonics championship team from 1979. We have also clarified the story to indicate that the two conference trophies in MOHAI's warehouse are not the only two won by the Sonics.

When the owners of the Seattle Sonics moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008, basketball fans in Seattle were crushed. But they got one consolation prize: The team’s owners agreed to leave behind the Sonics’ cache of memorabilia.

Home Repair Help With Roger Faris

Feb 27, 2013
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How’s your home improvement to-do list looking? Maybe you have some projects you've been meaning to get to? Weekday home repair expert Roger Faris joins us to take your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

The Five Best Sonics Souvenirs Ever

Feb 26, 2013
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At least, the best pieces of memorabilia we’ve ever seen. Because the Museum of History and Industry let KUOW’s Deborah Wang peek at the stash that came into their hands as part of a settlement between the city of Seattle and Clay Bennett.

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The Seattle Sonics' basketball season is penciled-in at Key Arena for next year. During a Seattle City Council briefing Monday, city officials said game days have been set aside at Key Arena starting in November.  

A King County Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit that would have stalled plans to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. It's part of a proposal to bring an NBA team back to Seattle.

Your Take On The News

Jan 25, 2013
Obama nominations
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It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. President Obama spoke of unity and equality as he laid out his policy agenda for a second term. How will the message be received in Washington D.C.? Education and labor were the focus as lawmakers in Olympia got to work in the second week of the state legislative session. Also, Chris Hansen says he's struck a deal to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but officials in Sacramento promise they won't go down without a fight. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

For 30 years, Steve Kelley has been cranking out sports columns for The Seattle Times. But now, at age 63, Kelley says he’s leaving the journalism game to pursue other interests. Ross Reynolds sits down with Steve Kelly to talk Sonics, Seattle sports and what he plans on doing next.

Increases in tuition and investment shortfalls have left Washington state's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program with a nearly 20 percent funding gap. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom says it's time for the state to get out of the prepaid tuition business. Tom says that if everyone now enrolled in the program wanted their money right now, the program would be short $631 million. The State Actuary puts the chances of GET not being able to meet its obligations at about one percent. Should Washington state end the GET program? We take a closer look.

Deal Is Near To Bring NBA's Kings To Seattle

Jan 22, 2013
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The return of NBA basketball to Seattle appears closer than ever. Investor Chris Hansen announced on Monday that he's reached an agreement with the Maloof family to buy a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. The deal still needs formal approval from the NBA’s owners. Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is hopeful he can keep the team in town. How do you put a number on a pro basketball franchise? We talk with Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist.

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After weeks of rumors, it appears Seattle may have a new professional basketball team to replace the SuperSonics. Investor Chris Hansen said his group has entered an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. Seattle sports fans seemed pleased by the deal, but confessed they don’t know much yet about their new home team.

Hansen Announces Pending Purchase Of Sacramento Kings

Jan 21, 2013
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Chris Hansen announced Monday that his investment group has a "binding agreement" to buy controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings basketball team from the Maloof family. The announcement ends weeks of rumor and speculation. 

Can We Bring Back The Oceans Of The Past?

Jan 15, 2013
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Think you’ve seen a healthy ocean in your lifetime? You probably haven’t. National Geographic's explorer-in-residence Dr. Enric Sala studies marine ecosystems to understand the past and present ocean, and to plan for the future. He also works to protect pristine seas that still exist. How are the world's oceans doing? And what can be done to reverse the damage? We’ll find out what’s missing from the ocean landscape.

Your Take On The News

Jan 11, 2013
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
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It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Rumor erupts online about a near-deal to bring the SuperSonics back to town and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn makes it official — he's running for a second term. Lawmakers in Olympia get ready for next week's start of the state legislative session. Plus, Seattle and King County announce a gun buyback program as the national conversation on guns intensifies. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

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