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Here's the latest from Jerry in The Seattle Times:
Well, we sure do stink at taking things that don’t belong to us.
Neither the NBA nor the NHL will be here next season because, well, Seattle has a secret power. We didn’t know it until recently, but we have the supernatural ability to solve other cities’ sports problems. All we have to do is show interest in another town’s team, start rationalizing why it’s OK to do what Oklahoma City did to us five years ago, and, poof, like magic, our potential victims begin doling out franchise-saving public subsidies. It’s as if we’re hosting some bizarre telethon to benefit wealthy owners.
There may be no honor among thieves, but in Seattle, there’s no joy among aspirant thieves. Our motto should be something like: Always the robbed, never the robber.
First, NBA commissioner David Stern led Chris Hansen’s investor dream team to believe the Sacramento Kings were a legitimate relocation option, but it turned out to be a trick, which resulted in a frustrating, faux open competition that was meant to keep the team in Sacramento all along.
Now, after a random public revelation by the NHL two weeks ago that Seattle was Plan B if the Phoenix Coyotes couldn’t work out a lease agreement in Glendale, Ariz., we played the role of Leverage City for a second time this year. Naturally, the Coyotes are skipping home with a fresh business deal.
Seattle should really charge a fee for its services.
The NBA relocation fight remains a sensitive issue, but Tuesday’s news about the Coyotes staying is nowhere near the emotional blow. For one, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was more forthright than Stern. In addition, after the NBA debacle, everyone knew not to get too attached to the notion of a miracle NHL gift.
But now that the awkward, nervous pursuit of two Big Four sports teams is over, for now, it’s better to reflect on the progress of this mission rather than wallow in lament.
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