23 February 2007
Sonics stay put (for now)
Applications for relocation of a National Basketball Association team must be received by the Commissioner's office by the first of March.
As I suspected, the Seattle SuperSonics aren't going anywhere this fall:
"We do not intend to apply for relocation. We intend to be successful in Washington," [Sonics owner Clay] Bennett said Thursday. "I still think we've got a lot of life left in this deal."
Although Washington voters may stomp it to death yet, if this poll is at all accurate:
About 77 percent opposed use of public dollars for major sports facilities such as the Sonics' Renton proposal.
Bennett has proclaimed that the deadline for a new deal in the Seattle area is 31 October 2007.