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Free tickets to Sonics fans?

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: August 19, 2008

According to this report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sonics fans who filed a class-action suit against the owners of the team are seeking nearly 1,400 free tickets as remedy for the owners’ alleged breach of contract. The fans claim Sonics season ticket holders were promised the chance to renew their seats at the same price for the next three seasons but were denied that opportunity when the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City.

Two things stand out to me in the story. The first is that it seems the attorney for the fans concedes that Howard Schultz’s lawsuit, which aims to rescind the sale of the team and is scheduled to go to trial June 15, is far-fetched.

“Noting it would be extremely difficult to force the team back to Seattle in order to fulfill its promise to provide tickets for the same guaranteed price at KeyArena through the 2009-10 season, (Seattle attorney Frederick) Schoepflin suggested an appropriate solution would be offering nearly 1,400 Sonics fans tickets at Oklahoma City’s arena at those same prices for the next two years.”

The second thing that stands out to me in the article is this sentence, which paraphrases the ownership group’s attorney’s argument.

“The PBC argued that when performances are canceled, ticket holders are merely refunded their money, not guaranteed a new show.”

It takes me back to the time I paid for tickets to Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour at the Ford Center in the spring with the sole purpose of seeing Lupe Fiasco.

Well, as soon as I entered the Ford Center I was greeted by a sign that read, “Lupe Fiasco will not be performing tonight.”

There was no explanation. No refund. No make-up show. And I actually paid. I didn’t sign up to pay for the concert or express interest in paying.  Instead, I was left to sit through 2 1/2 hours of acts I didn’t care to see.

Getting my money back would have alleviated my anger but done little in diminishing my disappointment.

If the hundreds (if not thousands) who felt just like me on that April night joined forces to file a class-action suit, you think a judge would order Lupe Fiasco to provide us with free tickets to the rest of his performances in 2008?


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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