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Team Owner Back on Stand at Sonics Trial

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SEATTLE (AP) - Sonics owner Clay Bennett is due back on the
witness stand today in federal court in Seattle.
He'll resume testimony about his attempt to move the team to
Oklahoma City and break the Key Arena lease. The Sonics say they
should be able to buy out the two seasons remaining on the lease
for about $10 million. Bennett says the Sonics could lose $65
million if they are forced to play in Seattle.
The city says the team should not be able to claim financial
hardship to break the lease and that Bennett knew what he was
doing when he bought the team for $350 million in 2006 and agreed
to make a good-faith effort to develop a new arena.
The NBA has already approved the franchise move.
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