Commentary: NHL to Seattle news supersedes arena in-fighting and bureaucratic incompetence

We start with the best news of the week: Seattle will apply for – and the NHL will accept an application for – an expansion team. The NHL is coming – something we’ve repeatedly said this city deserves. That’s the headline. For now, that’s what matters most. And that’s a huge win – an incredibly exciting win for sports fans in our area. Now, am I happy how we got here? Of course not. Do I think the process was […]

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Commentary: Sounders on brink of unprecedented success in Seattle sports

Amidst all the Seahawks talk and fallout from last night’s Apple Cup, the one local story with the greatest potential sat somewhat dormant this weekend, but can’t be ignored. The Sounders have a chance to do something never done before in Seattle sports: Winning a professional league championship in back-to-back years. This Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, the Sounders can advance to the MLS Cup for the second straight season with either a win, a draw, or a one-goal loss […]

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Commentary: Flawed arena process needs to be re-evaluated by new mayor and city council

If you’re a fan of “The Twilight Zone,” you can see a new episode in person this Thursday morning at 10:30 inside Seattle City Council chambers. That’s the next committee meeting on civic arenas – or at this point, the singular “arena” – as KeyArena supporters come out of the woodwork, rarely found anywhere else I go, but front and center at these important council meetings. Now, let me be clear: I appreciate the intent of an aggressive timeline on […]

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Commentary: On biggest stage, MLB, Astros dropped the ball

We hear it all the time: An athlete breaks a team rule – misses a meeting, breaks a curfew – and they’re suspended. “Shouldn’t have done that,” the coach says. “You hurt the rest of your team.” In Game 3 of the World Series, cameras caught Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel making a racist gesture and uttering a racial slur. Whether his intent was malicious or not isn’t the issue. It was offensive to many. It was inappropriate. As baseball […]

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Commentary: The end to East Coast bias begins with an eight-team College Football Playoff

It’s not even November, and it’s like rocket science trying to figure out some roundabout path for a Pac-12 team to reach the College Football Playoff. Odds are it won’t happen. And even if it does (because this team upset that team and this one unexpectedly fell to that one and somehow UW gets in…) that’s not the point. It shouldn’t have to be that way to begin with. We’re now in the fourth year of a four-team playoff: A […]

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Simon Says: I really don’t think Congress reads all the stuff they vote on!

We’re officially in crisis mode. President Trump is calling the opioid epidemic in this country a national emergency. One guy who won’t be around to help: Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino. He was on tap to be the country’s Drug Czar, but a recent story on 60 Minutes was sobering! It talked about a bill he sponsored that made it harder for the DEA to fight Opioid suppliers. President Obama signed the bill into law two years ago, and you get […]

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Commentary: Disconnect between City priorities and Sonics fans provides major frustration in arena process

In discussing the arena debate as a sports anchor, my priorities have always been three-fold: 1. Putting the city in the best position to bring the Sonics back 2. Promoting the best situation for future arena consumers from inside AND outside the city 3. Seeing a fair and transparent process that reviews all proposals side-by-side Why do I continue to beat this drum? Because none of those priorities are being met! Case-in-point: The SODO Arena Group filed a new request […]

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Commentary: NFL stands united, unified amidst criticism from President Trump

We saw a number of different approaches to the national anthem today – including with the Seahawks. But for all that variety, there was one thing readily apparent: A united front in the messaging by the NFL in response to these comments by President Donald Trump over the weekend. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch of the field right now. Out. He’s fired. […]

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A call to action: Mayor Murray/City’s foolishness and stubbornness on arena debate must be scrutinized by city council

We start with a reminder that there’s always been one clear preference in this arena debate: In April: On SeattleTimes.com – 77% preferred Chris Hansen’s plan in SODO In May: On SonicsRising.com – 94% at least preferred a SODO Arena In June: From the Everett Herald – 76% preferred the SODO plan In July: Our Ian Furness conducted a Twitter poll that received more than 3400 votes – 94% preferred SODO over KeyArena Yet this whole time, Mayor Ed Murray […]

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