As much as the Sonics and Blazers were rivals, we are all still Pacific Northwest folks and we old Sonic fans were not going to LA, Chicago, or New York looking for a new team. Besides, Brandon Roy, Nate, and Paul Allen were our guys.
Nate was really loved in Seattle...Mr. Sonic. And the way he runs a team was agreeable to most of the fans up here. The standards by which I judge how a team acts and performs is a direct reflection of Nate.
So my question is: Why hasn't Paul Allen and the Blazers organization expanded the local TV coverage into the Seattle area? It would certainly increase the fan base and bring in some additional revenue to boot.
There is very little chance the Sonics will get another NBA franchise anytime soon. David Stern hates Seattle and Seattle hates him. While Stern was saying out of one side of his mouth that his primary concern was to keep the Sonics in Seattle, he was, at the same time, hanging out in Oklahoma City with his buddy Thunder owner Clay Bennet, in fact Stern intiated Bennet into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
We catch a few Blazer games on TV, but it is not enough. We want more.