Complete timeline on fight to bring NBA back to Seattle


by KING 5 News

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 5:06 PM

2006: Clay Bennett buys the Seattle SuperSonics from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

June 2008: Clay Bennett is approved to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City

Oct. 2008: The Oklahoma Thunder debut

2011: Chris Hansen begins talks with the NBA and Seattle

Dec. 2011: Hansen closes a deal on land in SoDo in Seattle

Feb. 2012: Hansen has a deal in the works with Seattle to bring in NBA and NHL teams

March 2012: The Maloofs and the city of Sacramento reach a deal for a new arena

April 3, 2012: Seattle Mariners raise concerns about traffic in SoDo

April 5, 2012: Hansen to pay for independent SoDo impact study

April 27-28, 2012: Sonicsgate aired nationally on CNBC

May 16, 2012: Formal agreement formed between Hansen's investment group and the city of Seattle about a new arena

May 22, 2012: Port of Seattle expressed concerns about congestion; Hansen holds a public Q&A

May 23, 2012: Independent port study released

June 13, 2012: Hansen investment group to include Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, and two members of the Nordstrom family

June 14, 2012: Hansen held public rally at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square

July 12, 2012: Expert said Seattle would be oversaturated with NBA, NHL teams

July 23, 2012: King County Council advanced arena proposal

July 30, 2012: Seattle City Council said the arena proposal was not good enough yet

Sept. 11, 2012: Hansen personally guaranteed public financial risk

Sept. 13, 2012: Hansen bought fans beer after Seattle City Council approves arena proposal

October 2012: Seattle City Council and King County Council passed matching amended financing plans

Oct. 16, 2012: Financing plan signed into law by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine

Oct. 18, 2012: Port of Seattle Longshore Union filed lawsuit against arena

Nov. 16, 2012: First arena renderings released by architect

Jan. 9, 2013: Reports surfaced of deal between Hansen's group, Maloofs for Kings.

Jan. 15, 2013: Activist group filed lawsuit against arena in Seattle

Jan. 21, 2013: Hansen confirmed agreement to buy Kings from the Maloofs; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson started work to build counteroffer

Feb. 6, 2013: NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed the application for relocation

Feb. 22, 2013: More arena renderings were released; Judge rejects Seattle longshore union's lawsuit

Feb. 28, 2013: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced Ron Burkle, Mark Mastrov as major investors

March 1, 2013: Sacramento group's bid submitted to the NBA

March 5, 2013: Port of Seattle longshore union said it will appeal

March 14, 2013: Hansen launched priority ticket wait list

March 21, 2013: Vivek Ranadive announced as Sacramento's third main investor

March 23, 2013: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced deal reached to finance new arena

March 26, 2013: Sacramento City Council approved arena deal on 7-2 vote

March 27, 2013: Hansen reached deal to buy 7 percent share of Kings in California bankruptcy court

March 29, 2013: More Seattle arena renderings were released, including themed levels

April 2, 2013: Hansen announced 45,000 signed up for priority ticket wait list, 268 applications for suites, 983 for business sponsorships

April 3, 2013: Seattle and Sacramento groups made formal presentations to NBA owners

April 8, 2013: Ron Burkle drops out of deal for Kings, citing conflict of interest, plans to remain part of arena construction

April 10, 2013: Chris Daniels reported that Stern has been working behind the scenes for Sacramento

April 11, 2013: NBA reportedly asked Maloofs to return Hansen's $30 million payment if relocation is rejected

April 12, 2013:

April 17, 2013: Hansen buys final piece of land for arena in SoDo; NBA owners meet in New York City to discuss possible deals for Kings

April 18, 2013: Sacramento fans rally to keep team in season finale

April 29, 2013: NBA owner committees deny request to relocate Kings to Seattle

May 10, 2013: Hansen announces he is increasing bid to buy team $75 million to a total of $625 million.

May 15, 2013: NBA owners vote against sale of Kings relocation

May 20, 2013: Chris Hansen releases statement on Kings, future of NBA in Seattle

May 28, 2013: NBA owners unanimously approve Kings sale to Sacramento group