First off, let me offer the disclaimer that I bleed red and black. I'm a die-hard Blazer fan since I stood on my parents shag carpet at age 5 watching the Blazers win the championship.
Having attended college up in Bellingham, I have enjoyed watching Blazer/Sonic duels in both cities over the years. I've even endured razzing from sauced Sonics fans up north. Some of my best friends are Sonics believers.
I am outraged at the apparent silence and lack of acknowledgment Stern has afforded this whole fraked-up situation thus far. There are so many twisted angles to this story that it makes me sick.
Bennett, et al, have wanted to move this franchise all along, with Aubrey McLendon making it clear the other day in his interview in the OK Journal Record. A "Good Faith" effort was a requirement of the sale from Schultz to Bennett. I guess "Good Faith" in this case simply means "token words."
On one hand, you have to fault the Seattle/Washington State leadership for failing to do more. At the same time Bennett has NEVER met with Seattle's mayor. I have a hard time blaming the voters up there, because they have already partially funded two other new arenas, particularly when Bennett didn't want to pay anything out of his pocket for this new NBA arena.
Surely Stern (if not him, the other NBA owners for sure) will take issue with McClendon's statement that he'd be happy to just "break even" in OK city. The league has revenue sharing between teams, and a new team losing money or breaking even isn't going to sit well with the other teams.
I'm hoping this all provides powerful legal ammunition for those seeking to keep the Sonics in Seattle.
Here's a good link that explains the 'keystone cops' method of NBA ownership that Bennett, McClendon have been demonstrating:
Ok, enough of my venting. Thanks for your ear (or eyes in this case). GO BLAZERS!