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Oklahoma County judge is asked to decide who gets Thunder tickets

An Oklahoma County judge is being asked to decide who will get two club-level tickets to a third of the home games for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
by Nolan Clay Published: October 10, 2012

Here's more proof of how popular the Oklahoma City Thunder has become: Fans are fighting it out in court over tickets.

At issue are two club-level tickets to a third of the home games for the 2012-2013 season. An Oklahoma County judge is being asked to decide who gets them.

“I just want my tickets. I just want to see the Thunder,” said Oklahoma City attorney Doug Friesen, who is suing season ticket holder Diane Strube and her husband.

“The deal was that there were three of us that went in on these tickets. They were going to be split three ways,” he said. “Initially, the contract was for three years.”

He said he got his share of the tickets last season but Strube has refused to turn over his share for this season. He said a check for the tickets was returned.

Friesen told District Judge Bill Graves in his lawsuit that he had a verbal contract for the tickets. He is asking the judge to order Strube to turn over his tickets.

The lawsuit also seeks “damages in excess of $10,000 for fraud, attorney fees, costs and other just and equitable relief the Court deems just and equitable.”

Strube, an Oklahoma City accountant, is asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. “We just think there's no legal claim, no recognizable legal claim. It ought to be just dismissed,” said her attorney, John B. Heatly.

Strube offered Friesen's girlfriend, Lana Cohlmia, a third of last season's tickets, her attorney told the judge. “The agreement was made for the 2011-2012 season only,” Heatly wrote in the motion to dismiss.

Heatly also told the judge that Strube and her husband only dealt with Friesen's girlfriend, that the couple “had no actual verbal or face-to-face contact with” Friesen. The attorney wrote that Strube returned to Cohlmia a $1,750 check for this season's tickets.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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