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Washington governor gives up
Official says there is no saving Sonics

By Darnell Mayberry Published: March 9, 2008
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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has joined NBA Commissioner David Stern in his belief that the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City is inevitable.

Gregoire, speaking to reporters in Olympia, Wash., on Friday, said a conversation with Sonics chairman Clay Bennett convinced her that there is no saving the franchise.

"He made it very clear to me and not in a nasty way at all, in his words, unequivocally, ‘Not for sale,' ” Gregoire told The Seattle Times.

"At some point, we have to accept that.”

Gregoire's comments came one day after Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced a $300 million financial plan to remodel KeyArena and a Seattle-based investor group that is willing to cover half the costs.

Under the plan, the City of Seattle and the state would each fund $75 million of the project.

The plan, which was heavily dependant on the Sonics' Oklahoma-based ownership group selling the franchise, was immediately met with reservations by the state legislature.

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