Thursday, April 6

FOR SALE - One Team, Slightly Used

The Seattle Sonics are for sale, but who's buying?The Sonics issued a press release Wednesday announcing that they are entertaining offers from prospective buyers.

In an even juicier bit, Schultz & Co. had to eat crow regarding Howie's ultimatum of "build it or we'll leave," issued on February 1st. According to the statement yesterday, "This ownership group has no interest in owning professional basketball franchises outside the state of Washington." Ah, yes, the sweet smell of failure.

Ironically, with the Blazers also up for sale, the two teams will now compete for buyers, meaning the "woe is me" campaigns will have to be curtailed, inasmuch as no buyer wants to hear the lousy deal he's getting. It's expected the Sonics could fetch anywhere from $300 to $400 million on the open market, which would help defray the "losses" Schultz' group has incurred.

Stay tuned.

28 comments:

ryan said...

Just as an FYI, the Sonics' owners claim they've lost $60 million in the past five years.

Well, they paid $200 mill. for the team, and if they sell it for $300 mil (the lowest figure I've seen), that means they'd have made $40 million. Divide that up amongst 58 people, and ... that's alot of frickin' money, man.

Let's see, you get a free seat to all the home games, hang around the Dance Team (purely in a supervisoral role), generally get all sorts of perks only a pro sports team owner would get ... and then five years later you cash out for a million bucks a head? How do I get in on this?

kdoublec said...

I sure would miss having the sonics around. I used to see watts at mcdonalds where they'd sign autographs and stuff and wilkens when my bro would to go to his hoops camp.

Anyways, are we gonna see the Reignman play again before year's end? I miss those Payton and Kemp days as well.

Biggie said...

KdubC,

"I miss those Payton and Kemp days as well"

Amen brotha, amen, you're not the only one. I was in high school in '93 - '94, when the Supes lost to Denver. That last game I knew we had in the bag, so I went outside on my homeboys deck and ate a bag of shrooms. 1/2 hour later........ talk about a bad trip, I REALLY hate Mt. Mutombo. lol

kyle said...

I heard Shawn might sign with the Mavericks, but other places were saying that's just a lot of talk, and that the Mavs probably won't sign anybody. He's running out of time, though.......

Paul Merrill said...

1993 was the probably the shitiest year in the history of Seattle. Kurt Cobain blew his brains out and the Sonics (who had the best record in the NBA and were thought to be going to the Finals for sure) lost in the first round -- a quick one-two kick to the nuts to the briefly cool city of Seattle. I was so depressed after the Sonics loss, I dropped out of college. Seriously.

I could've really used some shrooms.

Biggie said...

Nuss, Foreskinface, and chunkstyle - I appreciate it more than you'll ever know, how you guys here at the soul let people be themselves. Thank you, I love this site man. I only trip @ other places because I encounter bullshit waste high, here you guys keep it real and I like that, Thanks again. Keep up the good work. One luv.

Biggie said...

Foreskingrill, Naw man it was NOT cool. It was the worst man, Imagine that same feeling of depression you had times 10.

Nuss said...

I still remember sitting in my apartment with my roommate and a friend watching game 5 of that Nuggets series. We just couldn't believe what was happening. Those other two games in Denver were one thing, but to lose game 5 ... words just can't describe the pain.

Biggie said...

Nuss,

Me and the 3 cats I was with at the time let out a collective; NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!, my boy lived down in interlake/montlake and I'm sure you could hear it in Everett.

Biggie said...

THAT WAS WAK!!!

Paul Merrill said...

Thanks Biggie. We try to keep it light around here -- we figure there are enough nerdy, stat-obsessed, masturbatory sports sights out there (not naming any names of course).

Biggie said...

Man, they are just killin' your boy over @ the Central. LOL, it's like I'm a stripper and they're the Duke LAX team.

Biggie said...

Oh, and Nuss,

Damn, if i didn't almost have a frickin heart attack in '96 when the Rock (Mitch Richmond, one of my favorite players of all times, except that night) was killin us in the first round. He finally rolled his ankle, I've never been so ambivalent at any moment before in my life. We made it past them and just went on a tear, I've got those entire playoffs on VHS, I watch 'em about once every 6 months. I love that year, that was a damn good year, some fine ass women good ass weed, and the Supes went to the finals. Grrrrreat.

chunkstyle23 said...

Why the NBA doesn't do DVD collections of playoff series is beyond me. If there are complete DVD collections of "Alf," "Gimme a Break" and (wait for it) "Rockford Files," why can't I buy a boxed set of the '79 Finals? Or any of the Celtics-Lakers series? WHY?!

The answer is probably that they want me to buy each game, a la carte, off Google Video. "Kids, gather around the computer. See that clump of pixels? That's a man named Magic Johnson."

Biggie said...

LOL, yeah Chunk that crap sucks, I wanted a highlight film of Barry Sanders, to show my son. The only place you can find it (legally) is NFLFilms, and those guys want $50 for a 1hour highlight video of just one season, it's not even a greatest hits. Guess I'll have to go bootleg to get it. Sad.

ryan said...

That's not a bad idea, but you're right, I've only seen roundups of the series, never the complete thing.

I know that for the older series, the footage just doesn't exist (that's what happens when they re-broadcast your championship series on tape delay at 11:00 pm), but for stuff since about 1980, there's really no good reason beyond low demand.

Biggie said...

I'd buy all the sonics playoff series since 1979, not all at once mind you.

jason said...

I think if I had to pick one Sonics game to have on DVD it would be the game 7 win over the Suns when the refs called the game fairly and the Sonics advanced to meet the Bulls in the Finals.

Oh, wait, that didn't happen and the refs jammed it up our rears. Thanks, Mr. Stern.

chunkstyle23 said...

I'm feverishly working on a dramatic, revisionist reenactment of that game, using my camcorder, some old Star Wars action figures and Legos.

Not only will the Supes win that game and the 1993-94 NBA Championship, but the ensuing 18 Championships. The dynasty ends when Nate McMillan's bionic knees tragically short circuit in Game 6, allowing a time-traveling Bill Bradley to score the winning basket for the Brooklyn Nets. That fall he goes on to win the 2012 Presidential election in a landslide over Charles Barkley.

I know, I know. What might have been...

chunkstyle23 said...

Anybody else notice how frequently whacking off comes up in Paul's comments? Take a walk thru the archives and see if I'm imagining things.

Don't feel bad, Paul, it's perfectly natural. Except if there's pictures of Bea Arthur involved, then yes, there's something wrong with you.

chunkstyle23 said...

*sorry, I meant the 92-93 'chip. my bad.

AK1984 said...

Fuck, Paul, I masturbate to statistics. Yeah, amazingly 'nough, I get off just like the rest of us guys.

In all seriousness, though, I'm a giant jackass; yet, unlike some people at "The Other Site," I'm man enough to admit it.

At any rate, though, I'm just glad that you all here aren't on the Howard Schultz bandwagon; Schultz and his posse of millioniare bitches are nothing more than a bunch of money-grubbing cunts.

Oh yeah, and by the way, Kurt Cobain died in '94; it was a sad day for everyone in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the local music of today -- which is a mix of shitty screamo and hardcore shit -- is complete and utter garbage.

Paul Merrill said...

Oh man, I dropped out of college a year early! It must've been all that whacking off.

Paul Merrill said...

Also, good call -- I was thinking about '94, when the Supes lost (again) in the first round to the pre-Shaq Lakers. The 90's are kind of a blur to me.

Biggie said...

"I'm feverishly working on a dramatic, revisionist reenactment of that game, using my camcorder, some old Star Wars action figures and Legos. "

That was great, LMAO.

Biggie said...

Ak1984, you have a pretty narrow view of todays local music scene. The local hip-hop/rap community is thriving like never before, and will be the next big thing to put the 206 on the map. The Jazz scene is stagnating a bit but I've got some freinds who are changing that ASAP.

Rich King said...

Damn, I was having a decent day until I was reminded of fucking game 7 vs Phoenix. fuck that game.

Eddie Johnson tore that azz up though.

sigh

Biggie said...

"Damn, I was having a decent day until I was reminded of fucking game 7 vs Phoenix. fuck that game. "

L'd MAO. That was great, thanks. I echo those statements 100% lol

But how about in '97 when we played a series against the Suns and ol' Rex Chapman was just lighting us up. If memory serves correct (it seldom does these days, pickled by weed and beer) didn't we win that series eventually??