Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Sonics Sold

As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Seattle Supersonics are being sold to a group of investors whose head is from Oklahoma City. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that with the arguments over the lease and the loss of money in the organization a permanent relocation is possible. That would end our oldest and most consistent rivalry, which would be sad. It also brings up the specter of a Portland move. We're still facing the same basic problems. But now if Seattle loses its team we have to worry not only about "foreign" investors but about Paul Allen moving the franchise three hundred miles to the north if he keeps the team. At this point you've got to believe that Paul and the staff are more in love with the team than this city, its media, and its fans. And the NBA is sending signals that it's more than willing for such things to happen. Nothing will go down this year because the Hornets are already playing in Oklahoma City, but the possibility lurks in years to come.

I don't want to jump at shadows, but I'm of the opinion that no movement is good movement and I do not welcome this news.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)


Blogger TCool52 said...

This is my worst nightmare coming true. If it happens of course.

But Allen would love to move to our team to Seattle I'm convinced. And there's no way to stop him.

They love him up there with the Seahawks making the Super Bowl. And let's not forget he convinced the locals to basically pay for the stadium they play in.

Would they want to help Mr. Mult-billionaire build another venue? They've done it before.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

They might not even have to help him build one. He's been known to spend money on a whim. How ironic would it be for Seattle to get McMillan, Webster, and Roy back? I don't think it'd happen for a couple years, but...

What's even funnier is I read some speculation over at the forum that the Seattle move is a good thing because the Blazers are now going to become the "Northwest" team, as if all the Sonics fans will immediately convert. I wonder if they would feel the same if the Blazers went north. Would we all of a sudden be Sonics fans? Not likely.


10:13 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Here's a question...if Allen is going to spend $150 million on an arena, would he prefer to spend it buying the Garden from PAM or telling PAM to take a flying leap and renovating Key Arena instead? God willing the Portland situation won't drag out long enough to let him make that choice. But how much progress has there really been in the past two years?


10:17 PM  
Blogger TCool52 said...

One local TV station here in Portland mentioned the lease the Blazers have runs through 2025. It was considered by one so called "expert" as being air tight.

I certainly hope so.

10:28 PM  
Blogger TCool52 said...

Same TV station also just said that if Allen wanted out bad enough he could pull it off. This according to another expert of course.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Two words: bank-ruptcy. From what I understand it pretty much nullifies all deals, including that "airtight" lease. The books certainly would be sufficient to prove it if this were a normal company. How it would apply to a sports franchise would be a fight in court, but I wouldn't bank on a specific outcome, especially with billions of dollars of lawyers behind the move. I was much more optimistic when I thought the NBA would be against it, but if Seattle does move and PA wants to go north, I don't see the league objecting (when apparently they didn't object to the Sonics going). Stern once called the Sonics' building situation the "worst in the league" (or was it in sports?) but you've got to believe that Portland's current situation is worse.


10:55 PM  
Anonymous brian said...

I've got to say you guys seem a bit paranoid about this whole relocation business. There are no immediate plans to move the Sonics, there have been no plans discussed to move the Blazers, and Stern has gone on record as saying he would like to see the franchise remain in Portland. Let's not get all riled up until plans for either one of these moves is actually put into motion.

4:06 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Dave said...

...and I've got to believe Joel would not have re-signed if he wasn't given a 'guarantee' he would be playing in Portland. With all the new optimism over this young team, it would be a most cruel dagger to the heart of Blazer fans. Possible?...yes. Probable?...no.

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you wait "until plans for either one of these moves is actually put into motion" the barn door is open and the horse is gone. Paul Allen would love to move the Blazers to Seattle and given the opportunity would do so in a heart beat.

6:40 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

One of the new owners of the Sonics stated that if they cannot get a certain deal for the arena (one that has been resoundingly turned down so far by the city), the team is moving to OKC. I would be willing to say that the possibility the OKC Sonics will be a reality within 3 years is better than 50/50. If so, the Blazers will most likely move north and Paul Allen will be the all-time villan of the city of Roses.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous fatty said...

well blazers fans a year from now you'll have company,the sonics
fans who are left will definately
flock to portland to see the nba
the blazers will stay in portland
but the nba is'nt to crazy about
n.orleans either,so i can see the
hornets possibly moving to seattle
and the sonics to okc......
hey dave i hope you take me up on
my offer buddy !!!!!

10:48 AM  

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