Why he's fighting: Yarmuth is no stranger to legal fights in sports. He's taken on the Mariners as well as the American League.
A Columbia Law School graduate who has practiced in Seattle since 1972, Yarmuth helped represent Washington and King County in a 1976 antitrust suit against the American League. Their victory brought the expansion Mariners to Seattle.
A decade later, he represented the county in a suit that forced the Mariners to honor their Kingdome lease and blocked the team from leaving town. He then worked on a committee along with City of Seattle attorney Slade Gorton that identified Nintendo as a potential buyer, then convinced the Japanese company to purchase the Mariners and keep them in Seattle.
What he's defending: Yarmuth has fought for sports in Seattle before, but he also has a passion for antitrust issues. Because the NBA is a monopoly, antitrust rules could apply.
Turn this into antitrust case, and Yarmuth might just score another big win in Seattle sports.
Sonic sound bite: "These Oklahoma City businessmen wanted a team that would play in Oklahoma City — not in Seattle. They were willing to lie, and did lie, to complete the deal." — Yarmuth in the written complaint filed with Schultz's lawsuit.