To be perfectly honest, I really don’t much care for the NBA. I’d rather watch an NHL game than an NBA game (NFL and MLB beating both, MLS coming in a distant last place). When I heard that the Sonics had been sold to a group of investors from Oklahoma City, I didn’t much care if they stayed in Seattle or went to Oklahoma (which, despite what we were told by this new group, was really what everyone assumed would happen). There were exorbitant demands for public funding of a new arena followed by efforts of other local cities to come up with competing offers. The mayor, the legislature and the governor all chimed in, and in the end, it looked like the Sonics were as good as gone. But this week it got much more interesting.
First came e-mails that were obtained from Clay Bennett and the other owners of the Sonics that showed, despite their promises of a good-faith effort to work out a deal to keep the team in Seattle, that they pretty much intended to move the team all along. It certainly showed what most of us believed all along, that these Oklahoma City investors were lying through their teeth, but it still probably is not enough to keep the team in Seattle, as basketball commissioner
Howard David Stern seems to fully support the efforts to oust the team.
The latest twist is probably the most unexpected. Former owner and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is planning to sue Bennett, alleging that he broke the good faith agreement that was part of the deal to sell the Sonics to the OK City group in the first place. He is not seeking financial damages; he just wants to roll back the deal. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.