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Thiel sees ‘win-win-win’ solution for Sonics

Friday, May 3, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Pro basketball fans have been moping around Seattle since an NBA committee voted April 29 to deny relocation of the Sacramento Kings.
   Yet would-be-owner Chris Hanson posted a spirited online response vowing he’ll press forward, which caused some to speculate he may be pondering legal options.
   Popular opinion says Hanson has little or no legal leverage with the NBA. But Art Thiel, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist, writes on sportspressnw.com that an antitrust legal expert tells him Hanson may have a valid anti-competitive-practices case.
   Much sentiment around Seattle leans against taking Sacramento's team, knowing what it feels like to have a civic treasure ripped away.
   Like many Sonics fans, my preference would be for the NBA to award Seattle an expansion team for the 2014-15 season.
   Is there perhaps still a scenario where everyone ends up happy? Acknowledging no one wants to see a battle for the would-be Sonics end up in court, Thiel outlines what he calls a “win-win-win” solution. Read Thiel’s story.

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