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inside sports business: timely assist from nhl helps oak view group, seattle off


those close to the situation knew the nhl badly needed to throw seattle and tim leiweke’s oak view group a bone. some of the public discourse surrounding a keyarena renovation proposal had gotten out of whack.






monorail could play key role in easing traffic if keyarena is renovated for nba,


inside sports business sports business mogul tim leiweke was talking arenas with me when he decided to show off some journalism skills. “big news flash,’’ the oak view group ceo announced. “there’s a traffic issue in seattle.’’ ok, so walter cronkite he isn’t. but leiweke, even when not trying to be funny, is keenly aware […]






why many seattle nba fans prefer sodo arena project over keyarena rebuild


many seattle sports fans are holding back their enthusiasm despite the impressive prospect of a sparkling keyarena upgrade. they simply haven’t been convinced that the oak view group’s tim leiweke is as committed as chris hansen to getting the nba back to seattle.






live updates from seattle mayor ed murray’s announcement on keyarena renovation


the oak view group (ovg) of los angeles is expected to be confirmed wednesday as seattle's choice to renovate keyarena.






live updates from seattle mayor ed murray’s announcement on keyarena renovation


the oak view group (ovg) of los angeles is expected to be confirmed wednesday as seattle's choice to renovate keyarena.






keyarena groups have similar goals, different proposals for renovation


the oak view group unveiled a $564 million plan wednesday and seattle partners — a group formed between anschutz entertainment group and hudson pacific properties — unfurled its own $520 million proposal to renovate keyarena.






seattle city council expected to approve ovg plan to renovate keyarena on monday


the seattle city council will decide monday whether to approve a memorandum of understanding (mou) between the city and los angeles-based oak view group for a $600 million renovation of keyarena. interested observers include the nhl and nba.






seattle city leaders need to drive a hard bargain with keyarena


kudos to oak view group for a strong plan to rebuild keyarena. now it’s on city hall to negotiate a good deal.






keyarena mou with oak view group coming tuesday: what to expect in seattle arena


traffic and parking around keyarena must be addressed, and you’d expect any mou, which is scheduled to be released tuesday, to begin that process.






negotiate wisely for best possible keyarena redo


seattle has a tremendous opportunity to redevelop keyarena as a premier sports and entertainment venue. it must do so in a way that’s transparent and provides the best deal possible for the public.






seattle moves ahead with arena remodel to attract nba, nhl


seattle is moving forward with efforts to renovate the aging city-owned keyarena into a premier venue that could be ready for an nba or nhl team within three years. the seattle city council on monday approved a memorandum of understanding with los angeles-based oak view group to privately finance...






locking up keyarena may hurt seattle’s nba chances


why is seattle offering to lock up keyarena with no nba team in sight? doing so will hurt chances of seeing the sonics back at seattle center.






seattle selects influential investor for keyarena renovation


for more than a decade, seattle has spun in circles in the quest for an upgraded sports arena, never finding a solution that didn't face multiple obstacles.






j. cole has stories to tell at seattle’s keyarena


rapper j. cole, something of an elder statesman at 32, appears at seattle’s keyarena on july 17, 2017.






oak view group would seek public funding from port of seattle for keyarena garag


ovg says the unspecified money sought would be under the guise of the garage being a “regional transportation solution’’ to ease congestion in the surrounding area. both keyarena groups are seeking public funding to offset costs of building without first securing teams.






chris hansen won’t try to block oak view group’s keyarena plan, pushes for two-a


entrepreneur chris hansen, in a wide-ranging interview with the seattle times, said he’s open to a two-arena solution for the city and will keep pushing his sodo plan for at least an nba franchise. he called keyarena “their asset. it’s not our place to tell them what to do.”






mayor ed murray says resolving arena situation a big priority before leaving off


seattle mayor ed murray says the future of keyarena is a major element that must be solved and he’ll spend his final months in power working toward that goal. murray attended thursday night’s key­arena open house at kexp studios, where officials from two companies – oak view group and seattle partners — seeking to renovate […]






oak view group scraps plans for public-funded keyarena parking garage


tim leiweke, ceo of the los angeles based oak view group, said monday his company has scrapped plans for an 850-stall parking garage it had hoped to fund with a subsidy from the port of seattle






seattle partners withdraws proposal to renovate keyarena


leaders of the seattle partners group said in a statement that the city’s process has “eroded our confidence in the ultimate execution of this project, no matter which group is selected.”






what’s the rush with keyarena plan?


seattle is right to explore options to bring the nba back to keyarena. but it shouldn’t lease the venue to developers with no team in sight. first let chris hansen’s arena deal in sodo expire, then wholeheartedly pursue the nba at a better location such as keyarena.






accept the reality: nhl probably coming to seattle before any sonics revival


if the keyarena deal goes through, the seattle sports scene could be expanding. and you can bet four out of five fans around here would prefer hoops to hockey, but it looks like the puck would drop first.






sodo arena group’s chris hansen to seattle city council: ‘we’re in it to the end


hansen said there’s no harm in conditionally approving the sale of part of occidental avenue south to his group as long as it secures a team. he also said it would protect the city in case things “do not work out” with a keyarena renovation proposed by the oak view group.






eddie lacy’s agent says running back to join seattle seahawks


lacy's management group, sports trust advisors, said tuesday on twitter that the four-year veteran has agreed to terms with the seahawks. seattle has been plagued by injuries at the position in recent years.






city chose oak view group before rival keyarena bidder withdrew, documents show


documents show the city felt the oak view group proposal had a superior financial and design plan to the seattle partners plan. the documents outlined deficiencies in the sp financial and design plans, especially the group’s $250 million public-bond funding request.






inside sports business: nhl’s interest in houston doesn’t mean seattle quest for


accept houston will receive an nhl team. but that doesn’t mean seattle gets left behind. in fact, recent conversations with two high-ranking nhl sources have indicated the league wants both houston and seattle to have teams.






oak view group plans to spend $564 million on keyarena renovation, keep iconic r


the oak view group (ovg), based in los angeles, has produced a $564 million plan it says can have the arena renovated by approximately october 2020 – leaving it ready for the 2020-21 nba or nhl season – spokesperson steven gottlieb said wednesday. the company’s plan involves maintaining the integrity of keyarena’s iconic roof, designed by local architect paul thiry for the 1962 world’s fair.






keyarena developers see ‘window of opportunity’ for nhl team, but not nba for a


tim leiweke, head of the oak view group, is focused on bringing the nhl first to a renovated seattle center arena. “let’s be honest here,” leiweke says. “there is no nba team to be had today.”






keyarena group says landmark tax credits of $70 million would not be public subs


lance lopes says oak view group is seeking $70 million in federal tax credits should keyarena be declared a national historical landmark, as expected. but lopes added the money isn’t a “subsidy” — only funds given any company preserving historical buildings.






keyarena renovation could be done in 3 years, ovg’s tim leiweke says


oak view group ceo tim leiweke, in a visit thursday with the seattle times editorial board, said the time frame for project completion is one of several “myths’’ being propagated locally that need dispelling.






port of seattle’s tom albro removes himself from arena discussions, citing confl


albro owns a company that manages the seattle monorail, a 55-year-old train system now within the plans of at least one group offering to renovate keyarena for nba and nhl use.






addressing the real question in seattle’s keyarena-sodo debate


a big cost from chris hansen’s arena plan is what taxpayers might need to spend to fix up keyarena once it’s rendered second tier by a new sodo venue.






keyarena financing plan appears far ahead of sodo group


oak view group already has detailed for the city exactly who would pay for what and how.






seattle center, heartbeat of the city, is poised for a new era


with major renovations to the space needle and possibly keyarena already in the offing, the just-announced collaboration between the city of seattle and seattle public schools must be the centerpiece of comprehensive plans to revitalize seattle center.






seattle selects influential investor for keyarena renovation


seattle has taken a significant step forward in a long-running arena saga whose culmination could see either an nba or nhl team playing in the city.






city council approves 10-year lease extension for storm at keyarena


the extension keeps the team at keyarena through 2028 and also has a provision that would pay the club up to $2.6 million per season if a keyarena renovation forces it to play elsewhere.