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Southbound Sonics Settle With Seattle

City will be paid up to $75M to let team move to Oklahoma City

(Newser) - The Seattle Supersonics have reached a last-minute deal with their hometown that will let the team move to Oklahoma City for the start of the next NBA season, reports the Seattle Times. The agreement, made just hours before a judge was to rule on a lawsuit over the team's arena... More »

More Sonics Emails Reveal Owner Duplicity

Co-owners wrote of their 'hope of moving to Oklahoma City'

(Newser) - Some of Aubrey McClendon's emails to his fellow SuperSonics owners have been revealed in a transcript of his April deposition, and they don't appear to help his case. The inquiry into whether the Oklahoma City-based investment group made good-faith efforts to keep the team in Seattle turned up two relatively... More »

Schultz Sues to Keep Sonics in Seattle

Starbucks CEO offers email proof of new owner's duplicity

(Newser) - Howard Schultz filed a suit yesterday seeking to reverse the sale of the SuperSonics to Oklahoma-based investor Clay Bennett. The Starbucks CEO and former Sonics owner cites email evidence that Bennett's ultimate goal was always to bring a basketball team to his hometown. The lawsuit asks the court to void... More »

Sonics Spat Heats Up

Owner now accusing Seattle of 'Machiavellian plan'

(Newser) - SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett is now taking a swing at Seattle, accusing Mayor Greg Nickles of a "Machiavellian plan" to turn the basketball team back over to local ownership. The Oklahoma billionaire claims the city has misled the public and mischaracterized reasons for the lawsuit it filed to keep... More »

At Likely Seattle Finale, Boos Amid Sonic Boom

NBA franchise appears headed for Oklahoma City after arena impasse

(Newser) - Amid a playoff-type atmosphere, the Seattle SuperSonics rallied to win their final game of the season—and, USA Today reports, likely their final game in Seattle. If the NBA's board of governors gives owner Clay Bennett the go-ahead this week, the team will be on its way to Oklahoma City... More »

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