City Expropriate the Sonics
posted by November 16 at 15:43 PMon
Sports writer David Zirin argues that the citizens of Seattle should pull a Green Bay Packers on the Sonics and buy them from Clay Bennett.
Municipalization means turning the Sonics into a public utility; call it a kind word for expropriation. Basketball fans should press the state of Washington to sue for the right to buy the team back from Clay and his cronies. They should claim that the SuperSonics and Storm are the intellectual property — the eminent domain — of the people of Seattle, and therefore the city has far more of a claim on the team than the Bennetts of Oklahoma.