And with the Sonics trying to buy their way out of the final two years on their KeyArena lease, Nickels decided to put his foot down. Seattle gave the Mariners and Seahawks what they wanted even as those franchises threatened to move, but now, Nickels wants the Sonics to give Seattle what it wants. Even as some officials have suggested compromise, Nickels has remained steadfast.
Sonic sound bite: "By keeping the team here for the next two years, it opens doors. Maybe Seattle knows that better than any other city in America. We had challenges with the Mariners. We had challenges with the Seahawks. We know that the longer the team is here, the better our changes of having a long-term future with the team in our city." — Nickels hours after the NBA Board of Governors approved the Sonics' relocation to Oklahoma City.