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April 8, 2008 1:54 PM

SOS: Don't give up the fight

Posted by Jayda Evans

Fans with the grassroots organization Save Our Sonics refuse to let the Sonics slip away. The deal involving Steve Ballmer, who's vacationing in South America, is apparently dead. But SOS is asking people to call the governor's office to ask for special session regarding the Sonics. Owner Clay Bennett has already said he's willing to give up the name/history, so it seems this is all for another team. There's still B2 Inc proposal out there, so maybe something can be worked out.

Here's the press release from SOS:

Today Seattle's Mayor announced that the City can not fill the gap in funding left by the States inaction for the Key Arena Upgrade proposal.

Via our Public Disclosure requests we found that the calls to the Governor and House leadership were running 97% in favor of this proposal.

This overwhelming support for this plan was ignored by house leadership who in some cases lied about the volume and support of these calls.

Call for a special session.
Without the State authorizing King County to divert $75 million of the $423 million surplus Safeco Field funds to the project our chances of keeping the current team, and the ownership group led by Ballmer, are slim.
Now we must turn our attention to the Governor and asking her to call a special session to save the team. Please call her office at (360) 902-4111 and ask her to call a special session now so that funding can be in place before the Board of Governors vote at their meeting April 17th.

Our loud message is getting through to people and there is still significant chance for success. Please continue your support and call the Governor to POLITELY, but firmly, request her help to Save Our Sonics.

Governor Christine Gregoire Comment Line: (360) 902-4111

It is not over!

Brian and Steve
Save Our Sonics

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