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[i]Sonicsgate[/i] chronicles the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_SuperSonics_relocation_to_Oklahoma_City"]Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City[/url], focusing on the more scandalous corporate and political reasons why the Sonics left Seattle and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2008.[sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonicsgate#cite_note-9"][size=2][10][/size][/url][/sup] The film contains interviews with former Sonics figures and fans including [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Payton"]Gary Payton[/url], [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Karl"]George Karl[/url], [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wally_Walker"]Wally Walker[/url], [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Calabro"]Kevin Calabro[/url], [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_Alexie"]Sherman Alexie[/url] and others. It also contains local news and press conference footage.
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[quote]Bob Condotta of [i][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seattle_Times"]The Seattle Times[/url][/i] gave [i]Sonicsgate[/i] three and a half out of four stars stating that [i]Sonicsgate[/i] is “more than a sports film” that “reveals some larger truths about the government and big business, that ultimately everything comes down to ego, power, and money.” [sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonicsgate#cite_note-26"][size=2][27][/size][/url][/sup] Mike Seely of the [i][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Weekly"]Seattle Weekly[/url][/i] added that [i]Sonicsgate[/i] is “equal parts enlightening, tragic, and cathartic.” [sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonicsgate#cite_note-27"][size=2][28][/size][/url][/sup][/quote]

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Preston Bounds of [i][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Business_Journal"]Sports Business Journal[/url][/i] praised [i]Sonicsgate[/i] for successfully displaying that “virtually no team, however entrenched in their community, is immune to the economic and political forces that could take them elsewhere at any moment.” [sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonicsgate#cite_note-28"][size=2][29][/size][/url][/sup]
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[quote]Matt Lawyue of [i][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAM_Magazine"]SLAM Magazine[/url][/i] added that [i]Sonicsgate[/i] is a "must-watch film for any basketball fan.” [sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonicsgate#cite_note-29"][size=2][30][/size][/url][/sup][/quote]

Scary and heartbreaking for any NBA fan. Thought it would be especially relevant to fans in the Charlotte region. Not a short view, the film runs almost two hours, but I agree with Matt Lawyue, it is a "must-watch film" for those that care about our sports teams. Plenty of villains in this tale.

[url="http://vimeo.com/34273095"]http://vimeo.com/34273095[/url]

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I've always felt sorry for the Seattle fans, but you can't really get too rustled up because of how amazing the fans are in Oklahoma City. It is a business ya know, so if the Seattle fans wanted to keep the team then they should have done something about it.

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