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Monday, April 21, 2008

NBA Commissioner David Stern on Key Arena

Watch this video clip from circa 1995, right after the remodel.

Then ponder this statement made last year, before Clay Bennett's ownership group was granted permission to move to Oklahoma City.
“The reason that this journey began was because KeyArena was not an adequate arena going forward and there were a lot of recommendations made for another arena ... but the tax revenues and the various contributions weren’t forthcoming,” Stern said while taking questions about an NBA relocation subcommittee’s recommendation to move the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.

“I would say that as far as we know, the footprint of Key is at present time not viewed as adequate to support what’s necessary going forward.”
So what changed? Certainly the facility hasn't changed. But apparently, Stern's admiration for Key Arena did.


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