I'm of two minds here.
1) It'd be nice to have the Sonics back. That could even provide a nice little boost to the local economy.
2) Can't help but feel like we the people will get screwed in the deal. And I can't help but feel like we'll be screwing Sacramento in the process.
We lost the Sonics because the NBA chose to play its little stadium extortion game. "Yeah, we know you upgraded the arena to our specs just 10 years ago, but its no longer any good. Build us a new one or we'll leave town!". Now they are doing the same thing to Sacramento. Arco Arena was build 20 years ago. 15 years ago, Stern and the NBA were heralding it as a shining example of a great arena for a small-to-medium sized market. Now... it's garbage. Tear it down. Throw it away. Build something newer, better, shinier.
So, now we may build a new arena with *only* $200M of public money. And despite the demand that the team have a 30 year lease, how much do you want to bet that the NBA will be back in 15-20 years saying "This place is a hellhole. We need something better or we're moving to XXXX!"
There's a big part of me that wants NOTHING to do with the NBA extortion machine.
As far as the Key Arena... it seems to be doing OK as a venue for the Storm, the Rat City Rollergirls and concerts. It's not making tons of money, but it is breaking even. Despite still paying down the debt from the last NBA demanded remodel.
Eric Thames - What? Are we waiting for him to become LESS patient at the plate?
2013 AAA: .298/.390/.496/.887 5 HR 20 RBI
Forrest Snow - Things look rather Stark for the bastard of the north. Winter is coming.
2013 AA: 1-4, 3.86 ERA, 23 K, 5 BB, 1.095 WHIP
2012 AAA/AA: 5-9, 6.35 ERA, 99K, 67 BB, 1.674 WHIP
Gone But Not Forgotten (former adopt-a-players):
Matt Mangini - Signed a minor league contract with the Reds in the off season, but appears to have been handed his walking papers.
Mike Morse - HEY! Look who's back!!!!!
Jamal Strong - Let go after 2005. Played in the Yankees, Cubs and Braves systems. Now a regional scout for the Cards.