Ballmer part of investor group for Seattle arena

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be part of the investment group led by Chris Hansen that has proposed a new NBA/NHL arena in the city of Seattle.

Ballmer's inclusion in the investment group was revealed on Wednesday morning in a letter sent from Hansen to King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

That Ballmer is part of the investment group is not a surprise. Ballmer is a longtime basketball fan and was part of a group that made a last-ditch effort to try to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle prior to their move to Oklahoma City in the summer of 2008.

Also part of the group are members of the Nordstrom family: Erik and Peter.