Paul Allen -- hated in Portland - loved in Seattle
Would we really want the Portland TrailBlazers to move to KC if they decide to relocate?
This article talks about how villified Paul Allen is in Portland, while he is loved in Seattle.
Paul Allen: Seattle's savior, Portland's problem child
One thing you MUST consider, the TrailBlazers are in trouble, in part, because
The NBA with its inability to control salaries,
This doesn't speak well for medium-sized markets like KC. Whereas, the NHL has a hard salary cap of $39 million (probably $42 next year).
Wrote John Canzano, a columnist for the Oregonian, "Allen's dirty little secret is that he wants to own a basketball operation in Seattle, and he sees a coming opportunity to buy the Sonics, who are also trying to get a new deal with state and local governments."
There were even rumors that Allen would try to move the Blazers to Seattle if the Sonics tried to move to another city.
What do we make of all this?
First of all, the Sonics are under contract to the city of Seattle until 2010. They say they plan to honor their commitment.
Allen, on other hand, seems cooked, left in a stew of his own making, the bevy of botched trades and acquisitions and the bankruptcy that has left him holding an empty bag.
Sounds like a classic Art Modell move. Mismanage your business so badly that in order to recoup your investment, you must move your franchise to another city. Unfortunately, Kansas City would get an owner that doesn't really want a franchise in KC and has managed the one he has so poorly that the team probably wouldn't be successful.
I'm not excited about an owner that committed $100+ million to Darius Miles and Zach Randolph.