Hearing set for Thursday in Seattle

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 17, 2007 at 1:19 am •  Published: October 17, 2007
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torneys for the Sonics contend the city should not be able to force the franchise to remain at KeyArena if the team fulfills its financial payments for the remaining years of the arena contract. The Sonics argue that the dispute is arbitrable.

It's unclear how Martinez will act Thursday. He could make an immediate ruling on the matter, or he could notify both parties that a decision will come at a later date.

Meanwhile, the city of Seattle last week filed a demand for a jury trial, continuing a string of counter moves by both sides.

Sonics chairman Clay Bennett has said he would apply with the NBA for relocation to Oklahoma City if a plan for a new publicly-funded arena is not available in Washington by Oct. 31.