OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Three NBA owners were impressed enough with a presentation today to believe Oklahoma City should be the future home for the Seattle SuperSonics. To make his relocation request a reality, Sonics owner Clay Bennett now needs to win over at least 13 more of his peers. Oklahoma City spent today wooing its first major-league sports franchise. After a tour of the Ford Center in Oklahoma City and a presentation from city and state officials, NBA commissioner David Stern said Tuesday that a subcommittee of three NBA owners would suggest approval of the SuperSonics' move by the rest of the league. Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and numerous other representatives of the city, state and sports community came out to welcome Stern, New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz, Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and Los Angeles Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss.
All 30 owners will vote on the SuperSonics' relocation request during an April 18 meeting, with a majority needed for approval. The Sonics also have a federal court case scheduled for June to determine whether they can break their lease with Seattle that runs through 2010.