HoopsHype Chris Hansen rumors

August 24, 2013 Updates
August 20, 2013 Updates

Sacramento's arena war hit new levels of intensity this week after Seattle financier Chris Hansen was revealed as the secret source of money for a petition drive to put the city's arena plans to a public vote. Seizing on outrage at the news, arena supporters took to the streets Saturday, hanging more than 1,000 fliers on front doors asking residents who signed the petitions to withdraw their signatures. "Don't let Seattle money steal away our chance at 4,000 jobs for Sacramento!" the fliers urged. Arena backers, a group that includes many of the city's prominent business people and politicians, argue the Seattle funding offers proof that the two-month-old petition drive is really an attempt to derail the city's downtown arena plans and push the Kings out of town. Sacramento Bee

August 16, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen: In this regard I would just like to highlight that I have never directly engaged with or even had any conversations or contact with STOP, Taxpayers For Safer Neighborhoods, or any the various consultants engaged in the Sacramento Arena opposition. It was also not my intent to be the primary financial sponsor of the opposition’s efforts. I merely agreed to make a donation to the opposition in what had become a competitive and heated process. SonicsArena.com

Chris Hansen, the Seattle investor who tried to buy the Sacramento Kings earlier this year, was unmasked today as the mystery donor behind the petition campaign seeking to derail the Kings' proposed new downtown arena. Hansen's involvement in donating $80,000 to a group gathering signatures in Sacramento was revealed by a source this afternoon. The revelation came one day after the state's political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, sued the Los Angeles law firm that wired $80,000 to the signature-gathering campaign. The lawsuit demanded to know the identity of the donor. A court hearing had been scheduled for Monday. Sacramento Bee

June 13, 2013 Updates

The story of the NBA returning to Seattle won't go away, and on Wednesday there were indications that progress is being made on making it happen. Tim Montemayor of KGO 810 AM in San Francisco reported the developments via Twitter. "Several NBA sources in the know tell me there have been productive talks on expansion in Seattle," Montemayor tweeted. “As the league preps for a new TV deal they have discussed a timetable but have not settled the issue. I am also told the H&B (Hansen and Ballmer) group are aware of a working plan to return the NBA to Seattle, and were told as much and acknowledged their preference to have a new franchise at the end of the NBA Kings saga." ESPN.com

Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, the principal investors in the prospective Seattle basketball ownership group, have reportedly started “productive” talks with the NBA for securing an expansion team. Expansion seems to be the preferred option for Hansen’s group, which lost its bid last month to acquire the Sacramento Kings and relocate them to Seattle. There appears to be a “working plan” to bring the NBA back to Seattle, according to Tim Montemayor of KGO Radio in San Francisco. “Several NBA sources in the know tell me there have been productive talks on expansion in Seattle,” Montemayor wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “As the league preps for a new TV deal they have discussed a timetable but have not settled the issue. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

June 1, 2013 Updates

Seattle's Chris Hansen has canceled his deal to buy 7 percent of the Sacramento Kings, and the share is being purchased by new team owner Vivek Ranadive. Ranadive and his partners are paying the same amount Hansen was going to pay - $15 million - according to documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Hansen suggested in Seattle media interviews this week that he would cancel the purchase now that the NBA has vetoed his deal to buy majority interest in the Kings and move them to the Pacific Northwest. A competing offer from software tycoon Vivek Ranadive was approved Tuesday by the NBA and closed escrow earlier Friday. Sacramento Bee

May 21, 2013 Updates

If the Sacramento Kings relocated to Seattle, Phil Jackson says he would have been part of a new Sonics organization. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, the former Bulls and Lakers head coach said he had an agreement with prospective Sonics owner Chris Hansen to head to the Pacific Northwest. Jackson told Patrick that Hansen’s vision for the franchise was something he could “buy into.” Cowbell Kingdom

May 20, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen: I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred. SonicsArena.com

Chris Hansen: We will continue to press forward with our Arena plans with the same commitment and effort we have over the last two years, and look forward to working with the City and County to see the project through the hurdles that remain. Likewise, we plan to continue to work with the League regarding opportunities that may arise to return an NBA franchise to our City. SonicsArena.com

May 17, 2013 Updates

Phil Jackson apparently would like to have another stint in the NBA. The 11-time champion coach said Thursday evening on "The Tonight Show" that he was interested in a front-office job with the Seattle group that failed in an attempt to relocate the Sacramento Kings. "I had communication with the guy that's trying to make this move," Jackson said on the show, referencing Chris Hansen, the leader of the Seattle bid. "It was serious talk. I thought he was a really good guy for the league." Los Angeles Times

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