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 2:33 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Mayor Greg Nickels issued a statement after his testimony and did not take questions.
"Our position has been consistent from day one: to keep the Sonics playing in Seattle and playing at KeyArena.
"Mr. Bennett knew the terms of the KeyArena lease when he bought the team from Howard Schultz. The terms of the lease did not change. We intend to hold him to the lease agreement that he assumed when he bought the Sonics because we have a responsibility to our taxpayers to vigorously protect our financial investment in KeyArena. City taxpayers renovated KeyArena for the Sonics in exchange for the team's promise to stay and play.
"During this trial, you'll hear a lot of speculation from Mr. Bennett's attorneys, but let me be clear. We have a lease and Mr. Bennett is trying to break it. That's the issue before the court."
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