Depending on whom you ask, the Sacramento Kings are either staying put or moving to Seattle. But since David Stern is determined to give Seattle another NBA team before he retires in 2014, the smart money says that the Kings are Seattle bound.
With that fact in mind, Chris Hansen, the man leading the Seattle ownership group, has announced that the group is about to launch “a Priority Ticket Waitlist for future Sonics tickets.” A move similar to what Sacramento ownership did back in January.
Hansen says that the waitlist will help the ownership group understand the demand for tickets in Seattle. But most importantly, it’s a tool to show the NBA that basketball in Seattle can still work.
In addition to helping us understand and prioritize the demand for tickets, registering your interest will be a critical step in demonstrating to the NBA and basketball fans around the country the unbelievable passion that exists in the Emerald City to BRING BACK OUR SONICS!
Obviously, this smells like Hansen basically trying to strong arm the league into giving Seattle the Kings. But Hansen says that’s not the case.
It’s also important that we reiterate that no inference should be drawn between our establishment of the Priority Ticket Waitlist and our efforts to close our acquisition of the Sacramento Kings. We are in the midst of working through the approval and relocation process with the NBA, and we would expect a determination to be made at the Board of Governors meeting in mid-April.
Hansen also goes on to do the whole “this isn’t a guarantee of tickets” song and dance. But we know he fully expects this move to happen. And happen soon.