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June 26, 2008 3:25 PM

Sonics' lawyer: If team stays, trouble could be ahead

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Sonics lawyer Brad Keller concluded his closing argument by pointing to the potential for continued disputes.

Keller cited everything from the marketing of suites to the selection of home dates. Keller said that if the city desired to maximize losses, it could give the Sonics less desirable dates for home games while assigning other dates to other tenants.

Keller said he wasn't there to predict the city and franchise would be "mud wrestling" over all sorts of things, but that the potential for dispute exists

"The judicial concern is if they arise," Keller said. "If they arise, courts just don't want to be in the business of telling the operator how to run his business."

Paul Lawrence, attorney for the city, has 3 minutes left for a rebuttal.

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