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Judge blocks Sonics from taking KeyArena dispute to arbitration

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SEATTLE, Wash. - A federal judge said today the Seattle SuperSonics may not seek to escape their lease at KeyArena through arbitration.

The decision was a victory for the city and means officials may continue to seek a court order forcing the Sonics to play the next three seasons at the Seattle Center venue.

Seattle City Attorney says the Sonics have made clear they're attempting to leave after this coming season. Carr says the city wants an order from the judge saying they cannot escape the terms of their lease.

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