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Published: July 9, 2008
Tulsa looking for piece of OKC's action
Tulsa leaders are anxious to cash in on a piece of Oklahoma City's NBA action, lobbying for a handful of exhibition or — at a long shot — regular season games that would be played at the city's new, $178 million downtown arena.

Also up for grabs, officials hope, are some top-name musical acts that might be out of a venue at Oklahoma City's Ford Center when the team is playing at home.

"It gives us kind of an upper edge,” said John Bolton, general manager of the 18,000-seat BOK Center arena, which is scheduled to have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 30. "Having an NBA team in the building is fantastic and awesome, but it does put pressure on dates.

"Trying to work with the arena football team, hockey team, that's a lot of calendars to juggle,” Bolton said.

Landing regular-season games in Tulsa could prove difficult. The Arena Use License Agreement between the former SuperSonics and Oklahoma City requires that all the team's regular season and playoff games be played in the Ford Center, unless Oklahoma City grants some type of exception.

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