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Ex-Sonics owner Schultz is accused of insincerity

By Randy Ellis Modified: August 5, 2008 at 1:29 am •  Published: August 5, 2008
"It is time to resolve, not delay, this ill-conceived and frankly desperate effort to undo what everyone else has accepted: the team has moved to Oklahoma City.”

"The rich and powerful people behind this lawsuit sometimes forget that businesses — even professional basketball teams — are made up of people,” the Oklahoma owners said. "Players, front office staff, spouses and children are in the process of starting their lives in Oklahoma City. They are buying houses, picking schools, joining churches and starting life in a new community.”

The team's owners said voiding the sale is unworkable because it would require undoing numerous complex contracts.

"It is too late to unscramble the eggs,” they said.

They also argued splitting the case into two trials could put the court in the position of having to run an NBA team for months — making decisions like who to draft in 2009, who to trade and who to cut, deciding ticket prices and negotiating multimillion dollar player contracts and sponsorship renewals.

"It is time to resolve Schultz's claim, once and for all, sooner not later,” the Oklahoma owners concluded.

Howard Schultz is suing the current owners of the NBA team in Seattle federal court. Associated press


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