Chris Hansen has a ticket to shop.
His list is short: Find an NBA franchise willing to sell and bring professional basketball back to Seattle.
Hansen, the investor trying to build a new arena, said Thursday that the league has been closely watching what's taking place in the Pacific Northwest and a renegotiated memorandum of understanding between Hansen and the city council on the proposed arena goes a long way to easing the league's concerns about Hansen's plan.
''It means a lot to the NBA,'' Hansen said. ''They've been watching very close to what we're doing. I think going in they were very skeptical we would get to this point given our history in Seattle.
''It's a great win for the city with the league.''
Hansen spoke at a bar in Seattle's Pioneer Square shortly before an event where he invited fans to come celebrate the agreement announced earlier this week and have their first beer on him.
While the green-and-gold celebration was just getting under way, a short distance a...