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Seattle Sonics fans furious, heartbroken
The NBA's relocation committee dashed many a Sonics' fans dreams last month, and then the Board of Governors did it again on Wednesday.
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  • maplefish wrote...
    Stern & Howard Schultz
    Will never be forgiven. Haven't spent a dime at a Starbucks since Howard lied to us and list our team.
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  • maplefish wrote...
    " LOST"
    Our team.....
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  • The Dude Abides wrote...
    I'm with you, maplefish.
    I've gone so far as to cut up Starbucks gift cards given to me at work. That's right, even if they already got their money, I will never step foot in a Starbucks as long as Howard Schultz is still collecting royalty checks from them.
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  • wowmichael wrote...
    The Honorable Mr. Stern
    Proposal : Referendum : Section 1: A ban on ALL NBA merchandise, transmissions (TV, radio and internet) or any other form of endorsement within the boundaries of Washington State. The National Basketball Association is to receive no revenues from any government (state, county, city or municipality) within the boundaries of Washington State. Section 2: When Mr. Stern has passed away (may God have mercy on his soul), the Washington State Arts Commission will be directed to contract a local artist to create a suitable monument marker to obscure his final resting place. The theme will be a deflated basketball. Section 3: Any private citizen who may desire to own NBA merchandise will be levied an 80% tax on said items. No bitterness here.
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  • jay from seattle wrote...
    WOWmichael
    make it into state constitution that no state funds, tax revenues to fund any NBA teams in WA. NBA is welcome to put a team in WA but it must be 100% private money. by the way, contrary to media reports, the Hansen Group DOES require public funds to partially fund a new arena project. this is another misinformation the Hansen/Ballmer Group propagated to citizens of seattle. fortunately, we didn't get a team. but long term?
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  • montanamike wrote...
    In no way am I antisemitic
    I could not help but thinking how Stern in his press conference kept lauding what Friedman had done to help the Sac group. He is a local real estate magnate who joined up with the "Whales" about a month ago. Truly one of the only local guys. I think that was KJ's ace card not so much for the $$ but other things.. Hmmmmm
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    yess even if
    even if the NBA does eventually come back to seattle i wont contibute in any way shape or form to them. KJ should have just let it be. they will regret not moving the team. cause the numbers werent good anyway for fan attendance. that team is surviving off other teams money. were is if it would have been moved to seattle it would have flourished into a contending team. if it is a personal grudge that kept the team from moving then KARMA will play its roll and Stern will get what is coming to him. i am glad to hear of the NBA black out in seattel business's the intire tv network from seattle should stop all airing of NBA related television. Stern is the peice of toilette paper that has been used and flushed. he is the stinking aroma of the terd that falls from his behind. a troll and bogger thathas been flicked and stuck to the wall.
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    and then again
    it is not all a loss if you really think about it. it wasnt all for a NBA team. so the question is. Does he still build the arena and move a NHL team to seattle and wait for a NBA team? or is he just going to cut his loss's and forget about it all? or sue the f outta the NBA for not keeping its word?
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  • The Dude Abides wrote...
    Unfortunately, bigbertha
    the NHL is a no go without an arena, and the arena is a no go, at least with the HB group, as long as there is no NBA team. That's what makes me the saddest about this whole thing. I was really looking forward to having the Canucks come here and have our defensemen knock the Sedin twins on their collective butts. I've even come up with a good name for the team, should we ever get one: The Seattle Sockeyes...eh, EH?
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    OKC
    Kevin Durant was showing his support for Seattle last night and in previous games. they gave up WINNING and realized that hey we used to be the Sonics. lets do to clay bennett what he did to seattle. robb him of a chamionship team. GOOD JOB THUNDER THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. SCREW THEM LIKE THEY SCREWED US. You know d a m n well kevin durant just dont play like that missing shot after shot. thats how i see it anyway.
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  • retroinabox wrote...
    AND THE PAIN CONTINUES...
    Yesterdays press conference was another reason why I hate David Stern... Not only did it make me remember when he helped steal the team last time but it also made me remember the fact that I still hold bad feelings towards Coffee Boy and Bubba Bennett and that rat looking Gregoire!! Yesterday showed me once again that the great NW will continue to be treated bad by the NBA as long as they know we support their product!! I will not be watching the rest of the playoffs and at this point will hope that everybody in the 13th largest market does the same to show the league that we will not support people who dont care about us!!
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  • Largent803 wrote...
    Stop going after the NBA
    What I think that Hansen should do is go ahead and build his arena. Get an NHL team in Seattle and make the NBA go after Seattle on our terms. Basically tell the NBA you are going to play second fiddle to the NHL.
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  • sfk360 wrote...
    Largent
    Hansen has stated multiple times that he's an NBA fan and the NHL will be up to someone else. Wishful thinking at best.
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  • Oly80 wrote...
    awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.
    "Even though the pizza place is a popular hangout to watch sports, owner Kelly Dugan has declared a basketball blackout because he's sick and tired of the NBA's treatment of Seattle. "I don't want their advertising dollars being broadcast on my televisions and I don't want the NBA to be promoted," Dougan told KING 5."

    what a great idea! what if the city got behind this? what if ALL the traditional sports bars/etc. got together and did a basketball blackout in protest of stern and the corrupt nba? it'd be beautiful.

    more bars should do this. ALL truely local bars SHOULD. let the out of state chain "sports bars" and the like do their own thing, fall in line with the rest or not, but if EVERY local place did it. it would send a HUGE message.

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  • Daddy Dennis wrote...
    Agreed. Agreed. Agreed.
    Sorelli's will be seeing some of my business.
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  • jay from seattle wrote...
    bars shutting out NBA games?
    shutting out NBA games in bars? what's the name of the bar right across from Key Arena? they closed when Sonics left town. the real estate is still vacant today.... now that's a total NBA boycott! -:)
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  • jay from seattle wrote...
    seattle forgot the inconvenient truth
    many years ago, when Sonics was still Sonics, Stern gave seattle the opportunity to keep the team but majority of voters voted against paying more taxes for NBA team. even after that, Stern gave seattle another chance, more time to come up with the $$ to keep the team but seattle failed. seattle voters and then owner knew, NBA ball was not profitable, costly and did not enjoy an overwhelming support from the citizens. that's why the team left town. as the team leaving, seattle sues OKC. Stern told seattle NOT to sue as he wanted to be on friendly terms with the city to bring in another team in the future. but no, seattle proceeded the sue and won million$ indemnity. and now, you tried to bring in a team by disregarding him. so Stern was screwed by, disrespected by seattle not once, not twice, not 3x but 4x. you can't blame the guy for bearing the grudge.
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  • Largent803 wrote...
    That May Be True
    You may be correct however, now the NBA is using Seattle as a way to get other cities to pay for new arena's. That is why I think we should turn off the NBA at all sports bars. If bar wants to show the NBA then we can choose to go someplace else to spend our money. Owners of bars are in it to make money and if they lose money because they support the NBA then they will turn off the NBA. As for the rest we need to make it so that if the NBA will have to be the ones who jump through some hoops in order to come back to Seattle.
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  • Frogsplash wrote...
    Jay, you moron
    There was no vote by the citizens as to whether or not to pay taxes to keep the Sonics. Bennetts proposal never made it out of teh State Legislature. Seattle did not sue the NBA or OKC you moron, they took the Sonics to court to try and hold them to the last few years on their lease. The city and the Sonics came to an agreement, with the help of the NBA, to let Bennett out of the lease. Bennett paid the remaining years of the lease off, and promised 30 million if the city. Here is the inconvenient truth that you forget. Bennett helped out Stern after Katrina. Let N.O. play in OKC while N.O. rebuilt. Stern turns Bennett on to Schultz. Bennett buys the team, saying he will make a good faith effort to keep them in Seattle. Emails from Aubrey McClendon specically show that this was not the case, they intend to move right from the start. Bennett makes his proposal to the state, asking for 300 million from the taxes being collected for Safeco and Century Link, as well as asks for another 100 million from Renton. His arena plan, to be built in Renton, is going to cost 500 million, he asked for 400 million from the public, never did say how much he would put in, and said they would pay for no cost over-runs. His plan was designed to fail. His plan required $150 million more in public funds than the current Sacramento proposal. Stern knew this from day 1. Yes, Stern was shown the finger by Frank Chopp, but both he and Bennett knew all along the plan wouldn't fly. That, is the inconvenient truth you seem to forget.
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