Mike McGinn Rumors
Supporters of the effort to build a new arena and bring the NBA back to Seattle say they are confident things will remain on track, even though mayor Mike McGinn lost his reelection bid. McGinn was a leading force in crafting the deal to build a new arena with investor Chris Hansen and had strong backing from official Sonics fan groups, who turned out in force to support the mayor throughout the campaign. “There have been a lot of people that have told me sports fans don’t have influence and don’t vote,” says Brian Robinson, co-founder of Save our Sonics. “We proved that our values matter and people will step up to the table. The last component of it was showing that we can bring out campaign dollars and campaign volunteers and votes, and we did that convincingly in the primary. I’m really proud of the job we’ve done since.”
Mayor Mike McGinn says the city and Chris Hansen’s ownership group still have time to pull something together. If anything, the opportunity to bring in the Kings came sooner than he expected. “We knew going in this was a long term endeavor,” he said. “So we just have to be ready, to keep being prepared to get an NBA team, and again, we’re fortunate to have an ownership group like this, and we’re really fortunate to have the fan support that we have.”
Sonics fans rallied in Seattle Monday night to send a message about the return of the NBA to Seattle. It comes two days before league owners are scheduled to finally vote on the proposed move of the Kings franchise to Seattle. Sonics faithful gathered at two rallies – one at Seattle’s FX McRory’s in Pioneer Square and at Neumo’s on Capitol Hill – to show their green and gold. Mayor Mike McGinn was among the many fans who posed for a group photo to send to NBA owners.
Seattle Major Mike McGinn: “I have been committed to making sure that Seattle’s in a position to get a team. And in terms that make sense for Seattle. That’s one of the really great parts about this arena plan, is the way in which it protected our budget. And we were creative in how we structured the deal. … I’ve reached out to David Stern in the past and I’ll do what’s required to bring a team back to Seattle.”
Mayor Mike McGinn met with NBA Commissioner David Stern in New York City on Monday to tell him Seattle wants to bring back professional basketball. “We met so the mayor could show his commitment to bringing an NBA team back to Seattle,” wrote McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus in an email.