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SEATTLE -- The investment group trying to bring mens professional basketball back to Seattle is remaining focused on the NBA, even if landing a hockey franchise could happen sooner. Tony Bradley Jersey . "No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. Thats been the case since the start," said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. "Ive certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party. "But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasnt worked out right now, when its not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here." Even as rumours continue to circulate about the NHL having interest in Seattle as a market sooner rather than later, Hansen said his job would be to find someone willing to partner with his group and their proposed arena in Seattle. The arena has been approved by both the Seattle City Council and King County Council pending environmental reviews. Hansen said the focus right now is getting those environmental reviews completed -- possibly by the end of the summer -- so that if an NBA franchise becomes available via sale or expansion, Seattle can be at the front of the line ready to go. He has no interest in re-writing the memorandum of understanding reached between all parties so that an NHL franchise could possibly be a primary tenant in a new arena. Hansen has kept a relatively low profile since last spring, when his groups attempts to buy the Kings from the Maloof family and move the team were blocked by the NBA Board of Governors. NBA owners rejected Hansens record $625 million bid and eventually approved the sale to a group of investors led by technology executive Vivek Ranadive for $535 million with plans to keep the franchise in Sacramento. Hansen said there are far fewer conversations with the NBA now than there were at this time a year ago, though he remains confident the NBA will eventually return to Seattle. His investment group has not changed, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and neither has his original timeline of trying to land a team within five years of when the process began. "By the end of that, the NBA will have its new TV contract. Theyll have a few years of the revenue sharing and collective bargaining agreements being in place to understand the profitability of some of the teams that might have been a concern and there are a few franchises that are up for sale and that will probably have been worked out one way or another," Hansen said. "I think theyll be in a better position at some time within the next three years on expansion or possibly something else will come our way." Utah Jazz Jerseys . Huntelaar also had a penalty saved by Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. The two goals brought Huntelaars total for the season to 18, level with Bayern Munichs Mario Gomez for most in the league. Dante Exum Jersey . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, it doesnt appear the offer was warmly received by the team. Blue Jackets director of hockey operations John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said on Wednesday the team has made offers of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six and $46 million over eight years but each one was refused by the restricted free agent centre and agent Kurt Overhardt. . -- Wichita State is all alone in the record book.There was a moment on Saturday night that seemed to legitimize the status of Vancouver’s soccer culture, while also creating one of the great moments in the Whitecaps MLS history. It wasn’t the reaction to the final whistle, or the appreciation of two huge saves by David Ousted to preserve the win and another clean sheet. It wasn’t even the reception to Kendall Waston’s goal itself. It was the moment just before. Vancouver has always been a savvy soccer market. You can debate why, but going back even before 1974, there seemed to be an appreciation for the game that didn’t exist elsewhere in North America. The Whitecaps of 1979 galvanized that reputation, as did the parade of world class stars that wore the blue and white. Even the later incarnations of pro soccer captured trophies and the appreciation of the city, just not on the same scale. So while sometimes accused of being too polite, or too negative, the 21,000 fans inside BC Place proved en masse what their team, and what the game meant to them. They collectively stood just after Kekuta Manneh electrified them to earn the corner, and just before Pedro Morales delivered the decisive cross. It was as if 21,000 people became one huge human drum roll, with almost a sixth sense for the defining moment that was about to occur. Seventy-Five minutes earlier, their former captain was given one final curtain call, as Jay DeMerit put a public end to his career. A centre-back, who’s own defining moment as a player might have been the 2006 Premier League Promotion final at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium, when he nodded home the game winner past Leeds United, from an Ashley Young corner. HHe’ll never pay for a drink in a Hornets bar ever again. Donovan Mitchell Jersey. For supporters of Watford, it was a monumental goal, and a multi-million dollar moment for a club that always seemed to straddle the line between the top two divisions. How appropriate then, that the centre back who ultimately replaced DeMerit in Vancouver, would leap up and connect with a cross, that had been rehearsed over and over in training the day before. Kendall Waston was already gaining cult status before ... but Saturday’s goal, which earned the Whitecaps an MLS Cup lottery ticket, could mean so much more for the player and his new team. The supporters asked, the team answered - a wonderful moment in human synergy. The kind that creates history and defines what a club really is - a maker of memories and the provider of hope for more. Because of the single entity structure of MLS, and the fact that the league is only 18 years old, there exists a certain snobbery about the circuit’s history and credibility in the global context. But even the world’s most storied, and oldest clubs had to start the same way, with folkloric heros and legendary moments. Caps fans probably weren’t thinking about that as Waston raced to the corner flag with an unorthodox, beautifully raw, non-premeditated celebration. Whether they were long time season ticket holders from the 70’s, or there for the first time, an entire building was galvanized into one buzzing bee hive of emotion, elation and joy ... not to mention, relief. Imagine what it would mean to everyone associated with the club, if the players could offer up one more such occasion this season. 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