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Seattle, WNBA Storm Agree on 10-Year Lease

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SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Seattle isn't going to lose the WNBA
Seattle Storm like it lost the NBA Seattle SuperSonics.

Mayor Greg Nickels announced last night the city and the Storm
have completed negotiations to keep KeyArena as the Storm's home
court for the next 10 years.

Terms of the new lease were not announced. The lease agreement
is subject to City Council approval.

Last winter, four Seattle area women ... Anne Levinson, Ginny
Gilder, Lisa Brummel and Dawn Trudeau ... purchased the Storm from
Clay Bennett for $10 million. Bennett moved the SuperSonics to
Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and renamed them the
Oklahoma City Thunder. Bennett was unhappy with KeyArena as an NBA
facility.

KeyArena has been the home court for the Storm since the team's
inaugural season in 2000.

Levinson calls KeyArena "a terrific home court for all the fans
who have been so loyal to the Storm over the years."

The Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004.

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