Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke is aiming to invest more than $600 million in Seattle’s Key Arena in an effort to help bring back an NBA franchise, he said in an interview with a Seattle TV station.
But bringing back the SuperSonics quickly won’t be easy, Leiweke told Q13 FOX in Seattle. The SuperSonics played in Seattle from 1967 until 2008, when they moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.
Leiweke’s pitch to bring the NBA back to Seattle?
Playing by the rules. Up-front bargaining. Waiting for expansion to occur, not trying to take a team in the “middle of the night.”
Much of that is a not-so-veiled reference to Chris Hansen’s dealings with the Sacramento Kings.
Hansen’s backdoor dealings upset the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, someone Leiweke calls a friend. It takes time to do it right, Leiweke says, but that’s what he’s committed to doing.
“It’s not going to happen tomorrow and it’s not going to happen in a year,” Leiweke says. “We need to understand that when the commissioner of the NBA says ‘I believe Seattle is going to get a team, but it may take 5-10 years,’ he means it.”