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Sonics get official NBA OK to move



With a thunderous pound of the ballot, professional basketball is coming to Oklahoma City. The board of directors for the National Basketball Association resoundingly voted to move the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.

"This is a proud day," exclaimed Sonics owner and Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett.

The board, comprised of all team owners of the NBA, voted by an overwhelming margin of 28-2 to relocate the Sonics. It has yet to be determined when the team will actually move to Oklahoma City and begin play. The city of Seattle is suing the Sonics ownership to prevent the team from moving before the end of a contract that would keep the Sonics in Seattle through 2010. A trial is set for June to settle the issue.

The NBA action culminates a furious week of negotiations and votes. It started on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Council approved a lease agreement with the Sonics to play at the Ford Center. The Oklahoma Legislature was up next, approving a measure that would allow the Sonics to apply for tax breaks on payroll taxes. Gov. Brad Henry signed the measure within hours, leaving only the NBA left to seal the deal.

"This is a big week," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. "Scott Cooper


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