Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 16, 2008 2:43 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Former Seattle Center Director Virgina Anderson said the city of Seattle asked for a 20-year lease when it negotiated with the Sonics on its lease in 1994. The team wanted a 10-year deal and the two sides agreed to 15 years.
Seattle attorney Greg Narver asked Anderson if the marriage between the city and the Sonics is dysfunctional and she said: "I suspect that if the Sonics were to go to the championship, they would fill the building and it (the lease) would work."
Anderson testified about the 1994 renovation and the improvements to the building. She said the building "brought new life to the Sonics. ... They were working in first-class competitive building. ... For us it elevated the stature of our national and sometimes international booking ability."
Narver concluded his questioning at 2:40 and Sonics attorney Paul Taylor began cross-examination.
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