SEATTLE (AP) Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to getting the NBA back to Seattle even though he just lost one of his biggest partners in the process.
Hansen released a statement Friday congratulating former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Hansen says Ballmer's commitment will make him a ''great owner and strong asset for the league.''
But Ballmer's deal in Los Angeles leaves him out of Hansen's investment group that has attempted to get a team back to Seattle. Hansen says his remaining partners - two members of the Nordstrom department store family are the other known partners - are still committed.
Hansen says environmental reviews on a proposed arena are nearing completion and ''we will soon be in a strong position to attract a franchise'' to Seattle.