|Kevin Durant was never going to spend much time in a
Sonics jersey, but hopefully his rookie year will
not be the last time pro basketball appears in Jet City
But now that hedge fund gazillionaire Chris Hansen is willing to foot 60-75% of the construction costs privately and cover the balance with revenues generated from the arena itself (naming rights, taxes on ticket sales & parking, etc.) in order to attract a new team, Seattle would really be foolish to turn him down.. There are a number of moribund NBA franchises--Memphis, Charlotte, New Orleans--that might be willing to move to a larger more prosperous media market. Let the man build his stadium and figure out how to mitigate the traffic impact and whatever other concerns local business owners might have later.