Originally Posted by Durant35
If Stern knew from the beginning the plan was to move the Sonics from Seattle – a large market – to Oklahoma City – a much smaller one – there is an excellent chance Bennett’s ownership bid would never have been approved and Schultz would still be the owner - or he would have had to sell to someone else.
I think most people, at least all of us Hornets fans knew, that he was doing it solely to move the team to OKC. Their newspaper constantly took cheap shots at New Orleans and were trying to find ways to keep the Hornets until he bought the Sonics
He had his mind on moving a team to OKC bottom line, and the lease has been an excuse from the beginning. This is a case where Bennett and the OKC businessmen are not looking at the profit the team can make from the market, but the profit the market can make from the team (ie all their OKC businesses). Obviously this is a bad thing for everyone involved in the league but I don't know anything about legal stuff so I don't know what they can do about it.