Tomorrow’s meeting of the Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee will dig into the process of bringing an NBA team back to Seattle. The committee chair, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, announced plans to study the Legislature’s role in securing an arena for the return of the Sonics in a committee work session.
“I’m a big supporter of bringing back the Sonics,” said Baumgartner. “The team has relevance to the entire state and it’s been a while since the Legislature has looked at the issue. With the Seattle city government bogging down on it, I think there may be some ways the Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee can help.”
The committee work session begins at 1:30 pm in Senate Hearing Room 4 with expected testimony from local government officials and advocates such as Wally Walker, former Sonics player and executive, and Brian Robinson, founder of Sonics Rising.