Wednesday , Oct , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle Mayor Confident NBA Will Return


Greg Nickels said he hasn’t spoken to anyone with the NBA since the SuperSonics left Seattle in the summer, but the Seattle mayor feels "the door is open" to the league returning to what would be a remodeled KeyArena.

Nickels said Seattle has already presented the outline of a new plan to Washington state lawmakers, seeking to authorize the use of local tax revenues currently going to the Washington state convention center in Seattle. The city wants that money to be used instead to remodel the building the Sonics said was obsolete before they deserted it.

"We’ll be going to the Legislature in their next session" beginning in January, Nickels said Monday at a ceremony inside KeyArena to announce Seattle University will be using it when the school returns to Division I basketball this season for the first time since 1980.

Sports Illustrated