How much for Kings if they were any good?
Chris Hansen went for broke today in his latest attempt to convince the lords of the NBA to let him buy the Sacramento Kings.
This afternoon, Sports Press Northwest reported that Hansen increased his group's offer from $550 million to $625 million — putting Hansen's personal share at slightly more than $406 million. Meanwhile, a Sacramento group has bid $341 million for 65 percent — of the team — meaning the California bid values the team in total at $525 million. And the Sacramento group has ponied up only half of its $341 million bid so far.
"Hansen’s late bid is intended to influence owners who will vote Wednesday in Dallas on the relocation committee’s 7-0 recommendation to deny Hansen’s proposed move. The NBA this week reportedly asked Sacramento bidders making a counteroffer to put into escrow the entire amount offered the Maloof family by Hansen — $341 million for 65 percent of the team," columnist Art Thiel wrote in Sports Press Northwest. And that NBA request came prior to Hansen increasing his 65 percent share to $406 milion.
While the NBA is reluctant to let the Kings move to Seattle, the owners have not nixed the Maloof family selling the team to Hansen. And Hansen needs that ownership before he can renew his fight to relocate. Hansen touted that not only is his group's bid bigger, but all of the financing is lined up. While Hansen's bid is bigger, that whole "he'll-build-an-arena-with-private-money" plan for Seattle likely spooks the NBA overlords, since it would show that a basketball arena could be built without massive piles of public money.
The $625 million far outstrips the NBA's previous record selling price — $450 million for the Golden State Warriors in 2010. The Warriors are the sixth seed in the NBA Western Conference with a 47-35 record (.573) regular season record — and are now in the second round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Kings posted the conference's third-worst record at 28-54 (.341).
They're mad as hell in Clark County
Move over, little town of Pacific. And that goes for your recall effort against Mayor Cy Sun. You're no longer the wackiest and most surreal local government brouhaha in Washington. You've been replaced by the Clark County commissioners and their surprise appointment last week of State Sen. Don Benton to the high-paying, highly technical job of running the county's environmental services department. Benton is a fierce critic of environmentalists, huge collector of donations from developer and business interests, and staunch defender against a supposed United Nations effort to ruin Washington's land-use laws. The Columbian of Vancouver has been the most-fun newspaper to read in Washington for the past 10 days.
And today, The Columbian reported that that former Vancouver mayor Royce Pollard is setting up a Saturday meeting to map out how to collect signature for a recall ballot on the two commissioners — Tom Mielke and David Madore — who appointed Benton to the post without advertising the opening or interviewing anyone else, The third commissioner vehemently opposed Benton's appointment and stormed out of that May 1 vote, cussing. Pollard told the Columbian: "There's a rotten smell coming out of our county building."
They could've been melted into plowshares
Oops. On Tuesday, Mayor Mike McGinn held a press conference to praise a plan to melt roughly 750 weapons from a Seattle gun-buyback program into plaques to be placed in the city's parks. It turns out that he found out just before the press conference that those guns had already been melted into rebar. He neglected to mention that twist to reporters Tuesday.
On Thursday, KIRO-FM Radio blew the whistle on that oversight. And McGinn emailed an apology to the Associated Press:"I apologize for not being more forthcoming at our press conference. ... We will be using metal from guns acquired at our next gun buyback for our Weapons to Words youth outreach effort."
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