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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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Paul Allen statement on potential arena development

In 2008, Paul Allen was one of only two NBA owners who voted against the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oaklahoma City. On Thursday, he released a statement regarding the potential return of the NBA to Seattle.

As owner of the Seattle Seahawks, Allen would be both a neighbor to the arena possibility that is being discussed south of CenturyLink Field. As owner of the Portland TrailBlazers, he would also be a rival to a Seattle NBA franchise.

"It was a sad day when the Sonics left Seattle, a move I opposed. It's exciting to think about the NBA coming back to Seattle and renewing the rivalry with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, it is too early for me to comment any further without a specific plan or proposal to review.
   -- Paul G. Allen

In addition, Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin and Sounders owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer also released a statement: "We support anything that is good for the Seattle community and downtown development. Both the Seahawks and Sounders believe that the economic and cultural benefits of professional sports are a central and important contributor to any community's growth." Statement from Peter McLoughlin and Adrian Hanauer We support anything that is good for the Seattle community and downtown development. Both the Seahawks and Sounders believe that the economic and cultural benefits of professional sports are a central and important contributor to any community's growth.


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