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posted by October 29 at 17:00 PMon
City wins court ruling in Sonics case
Today U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez ruled against Clay Bennett and the Sonics ownership group, denying their request to seek arbitration and buy out the last two years of the KeyArena lease.
from the Seattle Times:
Team owners had sought to send the case to binding arbitration in an effort to leave KeyArena before the lease ends in September 2010.
In his written ruling this afternoon, Martinez agreed with the city that the dispute revolves around the essential term or length of the lease. He called the Sonics’ owners arguments to the contrary “as errant as a typical Shaquille O’Neal free throw.”
While this doesn’t mean the Sonics are staying, it certainly delays Bennett’s Oklahoma City-relocation efforts.
The NBA season starts tomorrow night. I can’t fucking wait.