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Mark Cuban: ‘I would vote the same way’ on Sonics move to OKC

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: December 17, 2009 at 12:29 am •  Published: December 17, 2009

One of only two owners to vote against the Sonics’ move to Oklahoma City, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he still thinks the franchise should have remained in Seattle.

"I would vote the same way,” Cuban said an hour before tip-off in the Mavs’ locker room at the Ford Center.

The only other owner to vote against the relocation in April 2008 was Portland’s Paul Allen, a Seattle native. Cuban reiterated his viewpoint has everything to do with business.

"It had nothing to do with Oklahoma City, Tulsa or the area here,” Cuban said. "It’s a great area. It wasn’t a reflection of what I thought of the area here. It’s just size.

"In a business where 100,000 viewers can make a difference between your television partners having great ratings or not having great ratings, losing a team in a larger market to me is a challenge. That’s really what it came down to.”

As for the success of the organization in OKC Cuban said: "Clay (Bennett) is doing a phenomenal job here. If you were going to create a template for it, this is the right way to move a team and rebuild and develop within a community. No one’s done a better job of it than Clay.”


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