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July 2, 2008 11:49 AM

City and the Sonics discussing settlement?

Posted by Percy Allen

That's what the Oklahoman is reporting on their website in this story.

Apparently, City Councilmember Richard McIiver says talks are being held up by Howard Schultz's lawsuit.

"I hear that they were trying to work one up but I didn't know whether they were successful or not," Councilman Richard McIver told The Oklahoman . "And I thought it was around something where (the Sonics owners) were trying to get Seattle to involve Schultz's suit withdrawal and that didn't come out, so I guess it fell apart."

I'm making phone calls trying to confirm if talks are ongoing.

Judge Marsha Pechman is scheduled to post her ruling in the trial at 4 p.m.

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Posted by sadtosee

1:02 PM, Jul 02, 2008

Assuming this report is true:

1. First question: is Councilman McIver high?

2. Second question: is this a good example of how Seattle city council members manage themselves with the media?

Posted by setht

1:30 PM, Jul 02, 2008

If the city settles then they are not acting in the best interest of the people of Seattle!!!

Do not vote for these idiots we call Seattle council members!

Posted by jeffgreen22

1:34 PM, Jul 02, 2008

lol wow OK journalism sucks

"I hear that"
"But I didnt know"
"I guess it fell apart"

Posted by Lamar

2:03 PM, Jul 02, 2008

The best interest of Seattle public. Seattle public has now indicated 3 times that they don't want any part of this tax guzzling outfit. Their presence here and the media's propensity to spin issues and bully politicians that a settlement is by far the best option as far as the Seattle public concerned

Posted by UWHuskytskeet

2:31 PM, Jul 02, 2008

What a joke, here's hoping Nichols is ran over on the way to his press conference.

Way to sell out your city!

Posted by James

2:42 PM, Jul 02, 2008

Unacceptable- way to totally cave guys. Unless you settled on keeping the team here for the next 2 years and for shultz to get the team back you deserve to not be reelected.

Posted by soon2beOKSonicsfan

2:46 PM, Jul 02, 2008

Hey Jeff...it's not OK journalism that sucks, it's your councilman...it was a direct quote, not a piece of the article written by the journalist.

Posted by shane/olympia

3:07 PM, Jul 02, 2008

news clay bennert will get a new expansion team in start in okla

news clay is taking the sonics to okla but the sonics awiil get a team in 5 years!

thats something i want to hear and anything less of some kind of team in settle soon is absolutely horrible and makes feel embarrassed for living in Washington!

Posted by Richard

3:09 PM, Jul 02, 2008

41 years down the drain. What do we have for it?

OKC winning the championship within 5 years WITH OUR TEAM!!

Thank you councilmembers!

Posted by gohuskies898

3:25 PM, Jul 02, 2008

Let's wait until we hear the settlement before we get bent out of shape.

Posted by shane/olympia

4:02 PM, Jul 02, 2008

the conversations between clay and the city must be crazy intense! right now!

prepare for the worst and hope for the best!

Posted by Ben

4:28 PM, Jul 02, 2008

there's the worst... it's going through.

Here's to Schultz... maybe he can get it done... do you believe in redemption? doesn't sound like capitalism to me...

Posted by shortbus

4:30 PM, Jul 02, 2008

So what makes no sense is that this probably means the city was going to win the lawsuit...otherwise why would Bennett pay $75 million to move the team? So if the city was expected to win...why did they choose the settlement?

Perhaps there was some middle-ground ruling the judge was about to announce which would have made nobody happy, and she pushed the parties to settle. Hopefully we'll find out at 5pm.

I'm glad the city didn't cave...but I'll be sad to see the Sonics go. Hopefully Schutlz can save us...but with all his other worries I doubt it.

Posted by shortbus

4:34 PM, Jul 02, 2008

By "cave," above I meant "give the NBA every single thing it wanted in an effort to save the team." You may think that this settlement is caving...but there just isn't public support for spending a bunch of public money on a sports franchise right now. It's not politically tenable now and is only going to get worse in the forseeable future. This $75 million represents a pretty good deal, IMO, and tells me the Mayor is protecting our interests.

Posted by Goodbye Nickels

5:22 PM, Jul 02, 2008

So, pass the buck to the State Government, so they can take the blame. Thankfully, we can count on our buddy David Stern to "inform" us if an NBA team is available for purchase.... What a joke! Hope the mayor got a substantial cut of the 75 mil...

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