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Stern says 'PR stunt' too late to save Sonics in Seattle

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Associated Press - March 19, 2008 12:25 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - NBA commissioner David Stern calls Seattle's latest bid to save the Sonics a "late PR stunt."

Stern told ESPN Radio if the $75 million offer had come a year ago it might have made a difference.

Stern says the pending move of the NBA franchise to Oklahoma City is a reflection on government and not fair for Seattle fans.

The city is offering $75 million and looking for another $75 million from the state to renovate Key Arena. That would match the $150 million four private investors are offering to put into the arena in addition to spending $350 million for the Sonics or another team.

The Sonics are not for sale. The city is suing to force the team to play the two more years on its Key Arena lease.

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