The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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

Never take advice from a billionaire. Especially when he's a guy you'll be competing with. That bit about people showing up in Sonics jerseys - pure hogwash.

Of course, I wouldn't walk across the street to see an NBA game.

Posted by: Scott at 11:24 PM on 9 April 2008

Of course, the cooling units are spattered with fecal matter today, the city of Seattle having demanded and received Sonics management emails and discovering that the possibility of moving the team was actually discussed before they filed for relocation. There's something of comic opera in this: the party that wouldn't negotiate claiming that the other party was negotiating in bad faith. ("The girl who can't dance says the band can't keep time," as the saying goes.)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:05 PM on 11 April 2008