NBA In Seattle Could Take Time, Reports Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen is doing his best to try and get the NBA back to Seattle in the shortest period of time possible. However, it might take a little bit longer than that. There are a lot of impediments toward an arena occurring. First of all they need to find a franchise that would be willing to move, which won't be all that easy to find. It needs more public investment, which could force stalling by the Seattle City Council and the King County Council. The timeframe could take up to five or seven years according to Hansen.

The Associated Press filed this report which involved an interview with Hansen.

"We keep saying it, and I think people are listening and hearing us say it, but they're probably hopeful it happens before then,'' Hansen said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday morning. "I think they're so excited about the prospect of us getting the deal through that they haven't thought about the patience required on the other end.

"I'm sure there could be some disillusionment if this takes a long time. That's one of the things that worries me.''

Port opposition continues to remain strong, as they continue to worry about future economic troubles if this new arena is built. Too much traffic in the area could congest the port region and make it tougher for current infrastructure to support transportation in SoDo. King 5 News has the report.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Tom Albro told the King County Council on Tuesday that a third stadium would be a "job killer" unless a lot of money is spent mitigating the impact of a new facility. Albro said he's not opposed to bringing the NBA back to Seattle, but other locations should be considered.

"Basketball, good. That siting, without massive mitigation, bad," Albro said. "Siting an arena there is a job killer for us."

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