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Strong Reaction to New Storm Ownership Group

Following Tuesday's announcement that Force 10 Hoops L.L.C., a select group of Seattle businesswomen and civic leaders, had secured an exclusive option to purchase the Seattle Storm, reaction from local elected officials and elsewhere has been unanimously positive. Here's a collection of some of the notable responses.

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR CHRIS GREGOIRE
As Governor and as a Storm fan, I think today’s news that the team will stay in Seattle is simply terrific. The ownership group of accomplished women has made this possible because of their strong commitment to the community. They also know first-hand that being able to compete in the top echelon of sports provides women with opportunities generations who came before us never had.

Like other countless basketball fans, I love the Sonics and the Storm and would like both teams to remain in the area. I am very pleased that the Storm will remain in the state of Washington.

KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE RON SIMS
As a Storm fan and an elected leader, this is great news for our community, the region and Storm team members. I am thankful to the Force 10 Hoops ownership group that stepped forward to keep the team in its hometown. Women in our community have worked hard to nurture and grow this team into a national champion and an irreplaceable civic amenity. Now they have formed a local ownership group that will keep the team in Seattle where it belongs. Hats off to Anne Levinson, Lisa Brummel, Dawn Trudeau and Ginny Gilder, the franchise’s new owners. I couldn’t be happier to hear the Storm is staying in its home.

U.S. SENATOR PATTY MURRAY
The Storm is one of the things that make our state special, providing a great family experience for fans throughout the northwest. This is good news for the community, the League and the players who have made this region their home.



WASHINGTON STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LISA BROWN
The Legislature has many Storm fans on both sides of the aisle. Storm players are wonderful role models for the next generation of girls and boys. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in helping the Storm have continued success. Go Storm!



SEATTLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER SALLY CLARK
We are excited about the Storm staying in Seattle and look forward to working collaboratively with the new owners to build a great relationship between the City and the team.



SEATTLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER JAN DRAGO
I’m very happy that the Storm will continue to call KeyArena home. The Storm players’ involvement in the community makes them great role models for women and girls across the region.



SEATTLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER JEAN GODDEN
This is the equivalent of a three-point play in overtime in a championship game. The Storm, Seattle Center, and the community all benefit from the decision to keep our championship franchise where they belong: in Seattle!



WNBA PRESIDENT DONNA ORENDER
As for Force 10, with the stepped up support of the fans, corporate partners and the city, they bring a vision and enthusiasm that is ennobled by all of the great civic and public work they have done for Seattle over the years while establishing an enviable record of business success. And something tells me that there will be many new and successful chapters to be written here.
>> Read Donna's blog on Force 10 Hoops

SEATTLE TIMES COLUMNIST STEVE KELLEY
It was a great day for basketball in Seattle, something we haven't been able to say very often these past two years.

This group that is calling itself Force 10 Hoops, these four accidental owners, all of whom seemed uncomfortable in front of Tuesday's bright lights, are saving women's basketball in Seattle.

"How big is the smile on my face today?" asked Storm chief operating officer Karen Bryant.

This is a rare victory for populism in sports. It is a reminder that, if enough people care enough and are willing to make enough noise, and if the right people are there, willing to risk some cash for the cause, a franchise can be saved.

These four women, all Storm season-ticket holders, went to the games, heard the crowd, shared the passion and found a way to keep the game in Seattle..
>> Read Steve's full column


Without question, some of our favorite responses come from you, Storm fans. Check out the StormTracker blog to read the comments left by fans so far and to share your own reaction.