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January 25, 2008 4:08 PM

Fans mobilizing for All-Star protest

Posted by Percy Allen

Received this email Thursday and was asked to circulate it among the readers here.

Check it out. It seems interesting. Actually, I think it's pretty amazing. Just shows what folks can do when they're motivated.

Apparently, some folks are trying to raise money to fly a banner over New Orleans during the All-Star weekend. They're also talking about passing out flyers and doing whatever else needs to be done. They're trying to raise funds right now and I think they're well over $1,000.

When you read the posts, check out some of the ideas for the banner. Hilarious.

But seriously, this is an interesting idea for Sonics fans. I'd be curious how Commissioner David Stern would react to a vocal and passionate presence from Sonics supporters at the All-Star game. I can't remember the last if ever anyone has used the game for a political action.

Just spoke to Brian Robinson, the president of Save Our Sonics, and for the record he said he's had no involvement with this idea. He supports any attempt to keep the team in Seattle, but believes flying a banner at the All-Star game is a bad idea.

Said Robinson: "This will grab people's attention, but in a negative way. It's sad to me that we're rooting for the demise of New Orleans just so we can keep our team."

To be fair, from what I've read on the Sonicscentral.com posts, the plan isn't to put down the Hornets or wish them any ill will. From my understanding, the banner and posters (at least the serious ones) simply want to show they're supporting the Sonics at a place where they know Stern and a large gathering of media will be attending.

Robinson is in a tough spot. He's trying to work with the league to keep the team here and was burned a few months back when someone representing his group passed out Stern's work number and urged fans to call the Commish. The league was not pleased and he took the brunt of the abuse.

Still the folks in his group have good ideas from time to time and Robinson knows he's powerless to stop them when he disagrees with their plans.


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