9 April 2008
Unanimous it isn't
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'll vote against the Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City:
"My preference is the Sonics stay in Seattle. My prejudice is against having a Dustbowl Division in this part of the country because I don't think in the big picture that helps the NBA and I think the bigger market helps the NBA."
Cuban points out, sensibly, that the Sonics draw from far beyond King County, Washington:
"Once you've got an established fan base for a city that's been around as long as Seattle, there's more value to the NBA that just the 13,000 showing up in Seattle [for games]," he said. "They actually go to road games. You see people here wearing Sonics jerseys. The other thing I don't [think] people realize is you guys pull from Vancouver, you guys pull from different parts of Canada, it's just a short drive."
Dallas is 200 miles from Oklahoma City. By the standards of this part of the country, it's just a short drive. You think maybe Cuban thinks the Oklahoma City [fill in name of team] might cut into the Mavs fan base?
Still, Cuban doesn't think his view will prevail:
"[L]ike everything else in the NBA, [the vote] will be 29-1."
I'm thinking 28-2 myself.
Update, 18 April: Since Bennett presumably isn't allowed to vote on the relocation, it will be 28-1 if Cuban is the lone holdout. I still think there will be at least one more, which would make it 27-2.Posted at 1:14 PM to Net Proceeds