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    Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    The Sonics are moving to Oklahoma City. Here's a link:

    NBA votes 28-2 to relocate Sonics to OKC


    I'm wondering how this will affect college basketball teams in that state. Sometimes, when a pro sports team moves into an area, the college teams can be overshadowed.



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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    My read of the article you linked sounds like there are still some outstanding legal issues to iron out before the move to OKC can be considered a done deal.

    The NBA approval to move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season Friday, was made conditional upon the team settling its lawsuit with the city.


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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    The local sports radio guys were discussing this yesterday. The one guy's point was something along the lines of he just doesn't understand the economic feasibility of moving a team from the #14 market in the US, Seattle, a city whose demographic is seeing a large rise in wealthy people and a city where an NBA franchise would be financially secure for the foreseeable future, to OKC, the #40 market in the US. Will the NBA be sustainable in OKC, or will it be a novelty for awhile, and tank after a few years? Interesting question...


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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    My read of the article you linked sounds like there are still some outstanding legal issues to iron out before the move to OKC can be considered a done deal.

    The NBA approval to move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season Friday, was made conditional upon the team settling its lawsuit with the city.
    Correct.

    The current ownership group is currently in a lawsuit with the city to break their lease at Key Arena which is (I think) until 2010. Also, the previous owner Howard Schultz (Starbucks) is suing to buy the team back because the current group was completely dishonest about their "good faith effort" to keep the team in Seattle.

    Personally, I could care less since I don't live there anymore and only went to two games when I was there. I do think the team will struggle in OKC after the first couple years and the "newness" wears off and people quit going just to prove they can support an NBA team.



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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    NBA basketball sucks!


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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    OKC deserves it, Seattle ? they drink too much coffee which has them depressed.



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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    Are the Sonics still a real NBA team?

    And, would they still be the Sonics?


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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    Quote Originally Posted by rte4st8 View Post
    NBA basketball sucks!
    Finally, someone's making sense in this thread.


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    Re: Oklahoma City gets an NBA team

    My guess is that Seattle will retain the colors and team name. My guess is also that OKC isnt a great market over the long haul. And expansion to get a team back to Seattle? Expansion? MORE NBA teams? I think we have about enough of those.



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    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    My guess is that Seattle will retain the colors and team name. My guess is also that OKC isnt a great market over the long haul. And expansion to get a team back to Seattle? Expansion? MORE NBA teams? I think we have about enough of those.
    How many are there? In all honesty, I don't even know anymore.I gave up the NBA a while ago.


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