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Oklahoma City council moves to attract Sonics

Associated Press - January 2, 2008 3:25 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City City Council is moving to attract the Sonics.

The council has voted to call a March 4 election on a sales tax increase to raise $122 million to improve the Ford Center in hope of landing the NBA franchise.

The money would pay for a practice court, luxury suites and other improvements at the Ford Center arena.

Sonics owner Clay Bennett is trying to move the NBA franchise from Seattle to Oklahoma City because he says the Key Arena is inadequate and the area has failed to build a new world-class arena for the team. Seattle is suing to enforce the Key Arena lease, which runs two more years.

The Ford Center built in 2002 for about $89 million. It hosted the New Orleans Hornets for two seasons after Hurricane Katrina.

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