Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets
The Seattle SuperSonics were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington that played in the Pacific and Northwest Divisions of the National Basketball Association from 1967 until 2008. Following the 200708 season, the team relocated to Oklahoma City, and now play as the Oklahoma City Thunder. The SuperSonics nickname, logo, and color scheme will be made available to any subsequent NBA team in Seattle. According to the team’s Oklahoma-based owners, the Sonics’ franchise history will be “shared” between the Thunder and any future Seattle club.
The SuperSonics won the NBA Championship in 1979, and are one of just two teams out of the six major-league men’s professional sports franchises that have existed in Seattle to have won a championship. In 2006, after failed efforts to persuade Washington government officials to provide funding to update Key Arena, the SuperSonics’ ownership group, led by Howard Schultz, sold the team to Professional Basketball LLC, an investment group headed by Oklahoma City businessman Clayton Bennett. After failing to persuade local governments to fund a 500 million arena complex, Bennett’s group notified the NBA that it intended to move the team to Oklahoma City and requested arbitration with the City of Seattle to be released from the Sonics’ lease with Key Arena. When the request was rejected by a judge, Seattle sued Bennett’s group to enforce the lease that required the team to play in Key Arena through 2010. On July 2, 2008, a settlement was reached that allowed the team to move under certain conditions, including the ownership group’s payment of $45 million to Seattle and the possibility of an additional $30 million by 2013 if a new team had not been given to the city. It was agreed that the SuperSonics’ name would not be used by Oklahoma City and that team’s history could be shared between Oklahoma City and any future NBA team in Seattle. The team began play as the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 20082009 basketball season after becoming the 3rd NBA franchise to relocate in the past decade. The new Oklahoma City Thunder are doing their best to accommodate the Oklahoma fans with good basketball. The move from Seattle to Oklahoma has taken its toll on the franchise, it is going to be a while until Oklahoma City Thunder tickets become of value in Oklahoma City.