NO TIME FOR CELEBRATION
Of all the weeks to launch a website called, SonicsArena.com
. The week leading to the 33rd Anniversary of the Seattle SuperSonics 1979 NBA Championship
. The NBA history that is extremely vital to the 41 year legacy of the Seattle SuperSonics
. According to Paragraph 6 of the MOU dated July 2, 2008
, there are certain contractual conditions that must be met in order to call a Seattle NBA team "the Sonics." Those conditions are pending and have not been met
. So calling any arena the "Sonics Arena" is out of order to say the least
On October 29, 2008, I began the "Sonics MIA
Campaign" (continued on Facebook
). I've dealt with printers
, talked to so-called "hardcore Sonics fans," pitched Lower Queen Anne
businesses, contacted Save Our Sonics
and reached out to Sports Radio
. From a Sports Fan Activist perspective, it's been an "odd
-yssey" of conflicting interests and constrasting objectives.
Wait until you hear and read my report
on Seattle's first MIA season
By accepting a $45 million buy-out
of the Sonics' lease, Seattle's mayor simply wrote off Sonics fans
, Howard Schultz's lawsuit
and Lower Queen Anne businesses. Then a week later, appearing on sports radio for the first time since the settlement, he effortlessly
wrote off bombastic on-duty
radio host Dave Mahler
The Sonics may have been the team that got blown out of Seattle, but with David Stern's Gotti-like tactics
, this could happen to any team in virtually any of the other 29 NBA cities. The commissioner
has a fiduciary responsibility to the owners, but doesn't he have a greater responsibility to the "benefit of the league?"
! 7.2.08. 717 days flat. It happened so fast, Seattle Sonic fans can't believe it. Amid all the speculation
, conjecture, lines, between-the-lines, lies, half-truths, denials and non-denial-denials, today the Seattle Sonics are offically not
the Seattle Sonics. One year, 11 months and 15 days after Howard Schultz sold the team to Clayton Bennett...tick...tick...tick...SONIC BOOM!
Everyone knows the word "fan" is short for "fanatic." Ironically, there actually are very few Real Fans
. Very few! How few? On a sold out Sonics game in Key Arena, 18,000 fans
are in the house. At a rally outside the courthouse
, on the opening day of a historic sports/lease case, ONLY 3,000 fanatics.
HOT COFFEE CZAR
Word has it Howard Schultz is mad
at Clayton Bennett for tricking him into selling the Sonics for mad
. $140 million
more than he paid five years ago. In other words, approximately mad
. $50 million
more than the estimated value. Mad
enough to file a lawsuit
The Associated Press
March 26, 2008
NBA commissioner David Stern on Tuesday shot down a proposal by a group of Seattle businessmen seeking to renovate KeyArena in order to keep the Sonics in the city...STORY>>>
DEAL ME IN!
Now that the NBA season
has commenced, the game behind the games
in Seattle has really begun. A day after Sonics owner Clayton Bennett filed for relocation
, Dennis Daugs
, a player in the former Sonics ownership
group, stepped to the table.
The plan Brian Robinson
laid out on September 25th is the most pratical for keeping the Sonics
in Seattle and saving Seattle Center
; for all
of Seattle. The Sonics open their 41st home season tonight where they should be opening for at least the next
four decades. A Deal is a Deal
is done, but "the purpose behind the proposition" is still alive and kicking
is the key.
Last Friday, Seattle Sonics owner, Clayton Bennett emphatically stated, "We believe it's time to engage
." Clayton Bennett's resolute statement meant he was seeking arbitration to get out of the final two years of the lease. In response, yesterday Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr
, announced the filing of a lawsuit which will seek to enforce the Sonics' KeyArena lease.
The energy of the press conference inspired me to put the pedal to the metal
. And two weeks later, I was in position to launch a website on behalf of Lower Queen Anne businesses in support of Initiative 93
. However, in the following
two weeks, some of the owners and managers have sucked a lot of that energy out. Wanna know which ones? Put your seatbelt on, because this is going to really
COMPLETE CLAYTON CALL 8.25.7>>>
On July 26, 2007 a press conference was held at the Mainstage Comedy Club
for "A Deal is a Deal
:" Initiative 93. That was the beginning of a grass-roots Seattle Sonics fans/Business owners/Taxpayers/Voters effort to generate 18,000 signatures for getting I-93 on the February Ballot. WeTheFans Internet Radio Network has the ONLY full-length video of the press conference. SEE: CHRIS VAN DYK
Who knows when the last time Seattle Soincs owner, Clayton Bennett
and Seattle mayor, Greg Nickels
actually spoke. Or who
should have called whom
But it sounds as if they'll be speaking soon. And of course, that will be a private conversataion. But from what has been heard publically, here's "our version" of how the conversation probably will go.
SANTOS & SONICS
Like many other Seattle Sports Fans, I was listening to Bob Santos
detailing his effort to broker an arena deal between the Sonics
and the Muckleshoot Casino
. And right when he got to the good part
; his phone call with NBA legend and Seattle resident Bill Russell
January 19, 2007, Seattle Sonics vice chairman, Lenny Wilkens
, the NBA's winningest coach, who's specialty is BASKETBALL not politics, sat before Washington's State Legislature
. My take was, Weak Front
. Today, July 6, 2007 it comes as no surprise he resigned. CONTINUED>>>
TAKING THE INITIATIVE
Since the Ken Griffey, Jr. Returns Lovefest
ended, the BIG BUZZ in Seattle has been the Save Our Sonics
crew generating support for an Initiative, that would "legally force" the Mayor of Seattle
to not accept a KeyArena lease
buy-out from Sonics owner
COMPLETE CLAYTON CALL 7.14.7>>>
BRIAN ROBINSON: 228
You have a good start, but there are some things you need to seriously
consider as the situation heads into the home stretch. As I mentioned
during our first meeting, you need a "strategy adjustment."
In case you haven't had the opportunity to peruse my show, here's a
compilation of my takes
on the Sonics and your organization.
reconvenes January 8, 2008; 228 days from TODAY. Since
it will be an even-numbered year, the session will only be 60 days as
opposed to the 105 days this year.
Although sending individual letters/eMails to legislators is
productive, I'm convinced that a "collective and united" lobbying
effort of Voters, Taxpayers and Fans is the only way to produce the
POWER they can truly understand. To that end, we need to mass an
attack that will create the type of undeniable momentum that actually
has the ability to Save Our Sonics
SWINDLED? COME ON! The News Tribune
Updated at 1:00 AM
May 13, 2007
TACOMA — So you thought the Seattle SuperSonics’ 31-51 regular season was a debacle?
Well, their worst season in 21 years might be nothing compared with what has transpired since. CONTINTUED>>>
Things are really heating on the Seattle/OK City Sonics front. A few weeks ago, Sonics owner/chairman Clayton Bennett
sent co-chairman, Lenny Wilkens
to face lawmakers in Olympia. Since then, Senator Margarita Prentice
has been very visable and this week, Mr. Bennett himself will make his $300 million pitch
to the legislature. So my question to KJR's Dick Fain
was, "Where's SaveOurSonics.org?"
WEAK FRONT Seattle Times
Updated at 03:44 PM
January 19, 2007
OLYMPIA — Sonics owner Clay Bennett wants at least $300 million in taxpayer money to help pay for a new arena that could cost as much as $530 million, but the request already has drawn skepticism from some key state lawmakers. CONTINTUED>>>
In case you didn't hear me on Sports Saturday with John Clayton
," with INSIDER INFO
about a Seattle arena
, here it goes again. A proposal for a 100% privately-financed arena, from a local developer, is now in the hands of Seattle Mayor
, Greg Nickels. And in the words of Bud Fox
, "I just know."
The Seattle Times ran an article entitled, "Why Seattle is losing the Sonics and Storm in 10 easy steps
" by Bob Young
. I moved #5 to #1, changed the wording a little and called it into the Groz with Gas Mail Line
. CC VOICEMAILS>>>
NON-INITIATIVE Save Our Sonics
. The website states, "Save Our Sonics and Storm was formed as a grassroots effort to show that the people of the Pacific Northwest are passionate
..." It also states, "...we have done it before, but it will take a united effort of thousands to make this happen. Like the previous fights it will take fans of all sports to unite behind this cause
." And it also states, "To succeed we will need the support of thousands of people who will join the cause
." But here's "the problem
Sonics '67 + 40 = '06 + I-91 = Seattle - Sonics < '11 = ? 2010 is when the team's lease with the City of Seattle expires on KeyArena
. 75% of Seattle voters backed Initiative-91
making it more difficult (not impossible as everyone is reporting) for the Sonics to play the 2011 season in Seattle. You wanna to know the kicker
UNHAPPY CAMPER [Star Chamber member, Stan Barer stepped up with a LETTER TO THE SPORTS EDITOR.]
I have been stunned by the viciousness that sports writers have exhibited in basically calling into question the integrity and veracity of both the selling group and the new ownership group. I have a pretty good idea of what happened, as I am an investor and board member of the selling group
...Read the rest @ SeattleTimes.com 7.30.6
FACE THE FANS Howard Schultz
and Wally Walker
were the PR faces. We've all heard about "the other 56." We've wondered about them. We've all talked and talked and
talked about them. The Seattle Times told us who they were
, but they've been faceless, until now. So in Face The Nation
fashion, the Star Chamber
faces the Sonic Nation
OK, SEATTLE! WeTheFans.com
has been Seattle-based for seven years as a "Poli$port$Biz
" site. For seven years, I have espoused the ideaology of Fan Activism
on the airwaves of sports radio KJR
. An ideaology of fans uniting, organizing and protecting our rights as the "third party
" in the modern-day sports equation. Seven years! OK, Seattle, we have one year
to mass an attack to keep the Sonics from actually going to OK! OK?
MORE STERN WARNING The Associated Press
- David Stern gave another warning that the Sonics
could eventually leave Seattle, saying Thursday in a conference call that the city is "not interested in having the NBA there
Stern has said the Sonics' lease with the city is the worst in the NBA, and he went to Seattle in February to ask Washington state lawmakers [See below: "MR. STERN GOES TO WA"] for tax money to renovate Key Arena.
Sonics owner Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., has threatened to move or sell the team if state lawmakers don't approve a sales-tax package to pay for a new or renovated arena. But state lawmakers last month said there would be no deal this year.
"I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we'll accommodate them," Stern said.
MR. STERN GOES TO WA
Here is another, "What is wrong with this picture?
" That is Seattle (not too super) Sonics owner Howard "$tarbuck$
Baby" Schultz listening as NBA comissioner David Stern spoke to Washington state lawmakers in Olympia.
Previously on Commando Dave's Show>>