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Boycott the OKC Sonics!

March 11, 2008

Kenny writes a letter to the NBA and the Stones:

It’s ridiculous that the NBA would allow the Seattle’s owners to move the Sonics.

Maybe it’s not against the rules, but it should be. Unless an owner can prove that a community can’t support a team financially, or that its fans are completely indifferent, every owner should be forced to sign an agreement that he/she will not move the team. And no, “support” should not include publicly financing a new arena when they financed renovations of the current arena a little more than a decade ago. My hometown Pistons play in an arena, which was -gasp- privately financed, that is 5 years older and it is in fabulous shape. And I find it difficult to believe there are any other financial incentives considering the city has already proven it can support a viable NBA franchise, as it has done so for the past 41 years.

If the NBA allows the Supersonics to be moved to Oklahoma City, I will never attend one of the new team’s games when they travel to Detroit or if I am traveling in the area. I will never watch them on TV regardless of who or when they are playing. But then again it’s clear you don’t care about the fans, or you wouldn’t leave thousands of them who have been loyal for four decades. But all that aside, It’s just plain wrong. Owners may “own” their teams, but they belong to all of us. Maybe that’s naive, and maybe I’m just one fan who doesn’t make a difference, but this is a dangerous precedent to set. You can only send the fans the message that you don’t care about them so many times before they return the favor.

I can’t imagine not watching Kevin Durant for the next couple of years, but boycotting Sonics’ games is the best idea I’ve heard so far.