Oklahoma City named one of six finalists for an NHL expansion franchise.
The NHL's expansion committee selects Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio, and St. Paul, Minn., for franchises, rejecting Oklahoma City.
George Shinn's partner, Ray Wooldridge, had a meeting scheduled with Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys to discuss possible relocation of the Hornets from Charlotte. But the trip was scrapped because of 9/11 and never rescheduled. The Hornets ended up in New Orleans.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Oklahoma City quickly put together a plan to host the Hornets, who for the next two years prospered at the Ford Center and enchanted the city.
Clay Bennett and others form Oklahoma Professional Sports LLC, with the stated intention of bringing a permanent NBA franchise to Oklahoma City.
Bennett and his partners purchase the Seattle SuperSonics for $350 million and announce that upon closure of the deal, they will give Seattle one year to produce a plan for a new arena.
The Hornets play their final home game at the Ford Center.
Bennett announces he has filed a relocation request with the NBA to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City.