Oh, Oklahoma

Clay Bennett’s Sonics ownership group has hit their first real test: whether Oklahoma City is willing to pay more for the privilege of hosting an NBA team than we are. Oklahoma City residents are voting today on a one-cent sales tax for a $120 million improvement for their Ford Center.

(Notice, by the way, that Bennett needed $500 million of tax money to keep the team in the Seattle area, but only $120 million to bring the team to Oklahoma City. That’s just in case you had any doubts left about whether Bennett ever, at any time, had any interest in keeping the Sonics in Seattle.)

If Bennett’s ownership group doesn’t get the tax money they need from Oklahoma City, they may not be able to move the team. Unfortunately, most of the guys reading their chicken-entrails have looked up from their March Madness bracket-building to decide that the vote is likely to pass.

Hey, Oklahoma City! Don’t be suckers for over-rich NBA owners. Vote it down.

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