With the NBA in London — we’re subjecting them to the Knicks vs. Bucks — comes the annual tradition of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver meeting with the media there and answering questions about if the NBA would expand to Europe.
But in between that there usually are questions we care about — like if the Hawks might be sold to a new owner who would move them? Somewhere like, say, Seattle?
Nope. Not going to happen Silver said, as reported by the Associated Press.
Silver said Wednesday that “I do want to see the Hawks stay in Atlanta, and we’ve made that clear to the market.”
He said “I don’t think it will be a real issue because I would be shocked if they were to sell to a group whose intention it was to even seek to transfer the team out of Atlanta.”
There are a number of reasons the Hawks will say put. First off, Atlanta is a key market in the South. Second, the NBA is very tight with Turner Broadcasting, which runs NBA TV, broadcasts Thursday showcase games on TNT and more and is headquartered in Atlanta. Finally, there are serious financial issues in trying to move the Hawks — there is a $75 million lease buyout right now plus the owners would have to pay off bonds used to renovate the arena.
So the Hawks are staying in Atlanta. Time to move on from that topic.