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    Franchise owner takes stand in Sonics trial

    Franchise owner takes stand in Sonics trial

    Tuesday, June 17 2008 4:35 PM EDT2008-06-17 20:35:28 GMT
    SEATTLE - SuperSonics owner Clayton Bennett says the team's financial losses at KeyArena are "ever-growing," but that he has the resources to absorb them. >>
    SEATTLE - SuperSonics owner Clayton Bennett says the team's financial losses at KeyArena are "ever-growing," but that he has the resources to absorb them. >>

SEATTLE - The trial in the city of Seattle's lawsuit seeking to keep the NBA SuperSonics from moving to Oklahoma City begins today.

The six-day, no-jury trial in federal court will settle the final two years of the SuperSonics' lease at Key Arena. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is scheduled to testify today. Sonics owner Clay Bennett may testify today if there's enough time.

Outside the courthouse, members of the "Save our Sonics" group are expected to lead a fan rally. Gary Payton and other former players are also expected to be outside the courtroom this afternoon.

The six-day, no-jury trial in federal court will settle the final two years of the SuperSonics' lease at Key Arena. Bennett has gained the NBA's approval to move the team to Oklahoma City, but Seattle argues its lease forces the franchise to play two more seasons before departing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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