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Modified: July 3, 2008 at 12:53 am •  Published: July 3, 2008
It was a busy evening for NBA bloggers on Wednesday. From coast to coast bloggers were sharing their thoughts on Seattle's NBA franchise leaving town.

•Hear that?

It's a death knell. A funeral choir. The slice of a hacksaw. Whatever. It's the sound of a city losing a vital piece of its identity.

That's right, it's over. The Sonics are gone.

We don't know when we'll get over it. But we do know who to blame. According to the poll I posted less than an hour before the details of this $75 million buyout came through, the big, bad guys are former Sonics owner Howard Schultz and, most consequentially, Mayor Greg Nickels.

— The Big Blog,

•In his press conference, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels confirmed the worst fears of fans: the city caved at the last minute. There is no guarantee of a replacement team in Seattle. There are no plans for NBA expansion on the table, nor any assurance from the league that Seattle will take priority should expansion be considered.

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