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June 30, 2008 10:24 AM

Ballmer still interested

Posted by Percy Allen

It's a little old, but in case you missed it, here's an excerpt of Times reporter Benjamin J. Romano exclusive iinterview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that ran Sunday.

Q: Do you have any interest, given what's unfolding in Seattle right now, in bringing an NBA team here or keeping an NBA team here?

Steve Ballmer: A group of us tried to see if we couldn't at least help get an arena built here, because I think it would be nice to have a basketball team in Seattle. I like the sport. I think, you know, I want us to be a first-rate community, and I think it helps attract people and say this is a first-rate place to have all the big pro sports teams.

So I'd love to see Seattle have a team, and I think it's now well documented publicly, a group of us offered to put up some money to help fix up KeyArena and, if need, be buy a team.

Q: Do you remain interested in that?

Ballmer: Well, it's sort of one of these things where you get a chicken-and-the-egg situation. The current team is moving. Somebody needs to get a new team, and you've got to get a new arena. It's not clear whether you get the arena before the team or the team before the arena. We had a team and we couldn't get an arena.

It's not clear how you football the process, but I'm supportive of everybody's efforts along those lines.

Here's a link to the entire Q&A.


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Posted by jeff928

5:53 AM, Jul 01, 2008

I think this belongs in the "too little too late" file. When the Sonics leave, there will be no state interest in renovating Key Arena to current NBA standards and thus no chance for another team to move here.

Posted by brett

8:58 AM, Jul 01, 2008

Except the Sonics haven't left yet.

Posted by 206er

12:23 PM, Jul 01, 2008

if we lose everything else want to at least keep our history/colors/name here. that belongs to us and i don't want to see that in another city.

Posted by cbrew

8:28 AM, Jul 02, 2008

There is a little irony in Ballmer using the word "football" to describe a basketball issue.

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