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March 01, 2007

Mariners, Seahawks back at the trough?

My corporate brethren at the Seattle Weekly report that the Sonics arena funding bill proposed by state senator Margarita Prentice would not only give $300 million to the NBA team, but would also hand over $30 million apiece to the Mariners and Seahawks for upkeep of their current stadiums - currently something that is the teams' responsibility.

To my knowledge, there's been no public explanation from Prentice why she feels the need to cut Seattle's two other major sports franchises in on the boodle, but Washington state Public Facilities District director Kevin Callan told the Weekly: "That future maintenance money is important. The Mariners do a good job maintaining Safeco. But down the road, it will need replacement parts as it ages. Our main concern here is to see that the field doesn't become another Kingdome."

Ouch. That's a nasty thing to say about your eight-year-old wunderkind.

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