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Published: July 2, 2008

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman will announce her decision in the court case between the Sonics and the city of Seattle at 6 p.m. (Oklahoma time) today. Here are answers to some of the key questions in the trial:


Q: When will the judge announce her ruling?

A: At 6 p.m. central time Wednesday. The judge said she would post the ruling to give everyone access to it at the same time. The Web site is www.wawd.uscourts.gov, which links to City of Seattle v Professional Basketball Club LLC ("Sonics Case”).

Q: What happens if the Sonics' owners win?

A: The owners and their attorneys have declined to comment on this case while it's been in court, so it's impossible to say whether the moving trucks will arrive Wednesday afternoon or what the plan would be.

Paul Lawrence, an attorney for the city, said the city would have "options” for preventing the team from moving immediately, but he didn't specify whether that means he would seek an injunction and file an appeal. He said Howard Schultz, the former owner of the team who is also suing the current owners, would have options related to his lawsuit to keep the team from moving right away.

Seattle Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis said Thursday he didn't want to speculate on whether the city would appeal the case if the Sonics' owners win.

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