Sunday , Jun , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Bennett: Team Would Lose $60 Million in Seattle


lay Bennett wants his Seattle SuperSonics to play in Oklahoma City next season because it’s his hometown. That, and about 80 million other reasons.

The Sonics owner says his team would make almost $20 million if it played in Oklahoma City during the next two years. He suggests the team will lose more than $60 million — about 20 percent of what he paid for it — if it stays in Seattle for two more "lame duck" seasons.

That was among the revelations from Bennett’s testimony in a 13-hour, 373-page deposition obtained by The Associated Press late Friday night. The deposition was given in advance of the June 16 trial of the city of Seattle’s lawsuit, which seeks to have the team play out the remainder of its KeyArena lease. [ESPN]