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has he even READ the MOU???? The reason the city should invest is because they will eventually OWN the land and the arena, while Hansen and other investors would only own the TEAMS. Does he really expect someone to buy land and pay to build the arena and then just sign it over to the city of Seattle for NOTHING??? Conlin, I’m trying to see this from your point of view; the trouble is, I can’t get my head that far up my own a$$!!!
Was the city’s investment in Safeco and CenturyLink not an example of a municipal government helping fund private business adventures?
there is a lot of old money and old establishment power in seattle. there is a fear of change, of the unknown. hansen is basically coming in here a complete unknown and trying to do something that would gain him big influence in the city. this has the potential to be a huge thing for seattle, creating a whole new business and entertainment district that does not exist right now. its pretty much going to change and evolve the city, bringing bigger events and potentially more sports than ever, and improving the image of the city worldwide. people like conlin don’t want to have all this stuff happening to their city that wasn’t their idea. they don’t want to see this whole big thing happen that they have no control over or say in. they failed at keeping the sonics before, they don’t know what to do about key arena and seattle center, and they don’t want to have to watch some whiz-kid come in here, snap his fingers, and do this awesome thing completely independent of them. they don’t want to believe the deal is good, and they are going to try to find any and every reason to not go along with it. they are like the kid with his fingers in his ears going “nyah nyah nyah i can’t hear you nyah nyah nyah.” conlin had better have a bunker at home with guns and canned goods and water and such, because if he thinks that the city is not going to be paid back because the people in this ownership group suddenly can’t pay their rent, then he believes the collapse of western culture is coming. at which point, of course, we would all have far more to worry about than an empty arena. heck, at that point, the empty arena could be used as a shelter. its a total win-win.