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Russell Wilson partners with NBA, NHL arena group in Seattle

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Russell Wilson announced he's joined a group dedicated to bringing NBA basketball back to Seattle.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has been a vocal proponent of building a state-of-the-art arena, in an effort to bring back the NBA's SuperSonics and potentially lure an NHL expansion franchise to the city.

It's unclear in what capacity Wilson will work with the Sonics Arena Group, but the movement to build a facility without public funds has been growing recently, with the organization proposing a plan to privately finance the project in October.

The SuperSonics played in Seattle from 1967-2008 (winning one NBA championship), before moving to Oklahoma City when a publicly financed deal for a new arena could not be reached.

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