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Sonics' TV broadcaster upset with city leaders

by Mel Bracht Published: July 11, 2008
Kevin Calabro, a Seattle SuperSonics broadcaster for 21 seasons, ripped city leaders for allowing the team to move to Oklahoma City during an interview Tuesday with Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Jim Moore.

Although his contract with the Sonics doesn't expire until September, Calabro said, "I suppose I should be muzzling myself and painting a rosy picture, but I can't do that.”

"I get incensed because people, particularly leadership in the town and the region, don't seem to have the same pride in the area that I do,” Calabro said. "They sold the legacy away for less monetarily than they should have for a promise down the road of an NBA team from a league run by a commissioner that disrespected them and the region.

"What you're doing now is going after a theoretical building for a hypothetical team. I find that failed logic.”

Calabro, who served as the team's TV play-by-play announcer the past two seasons, said the Sonics offered him "top, top dollar” to join the team in Oklahoma City, but he didn't want to leave Seattle because he loves it there. He has a wife and four kids, ranging in age from 12 to 23, and he'd never see them if he tried to commute to Oklahoma City.

Radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will be making the move to Oklahoma City.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Kevin Calabro
Longtime Sonics broadcaster upset with Seattle city leaders


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