Sonics Owner Hosts NBA Officials In Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern and other league officials will tour Oklahoma City’s downtown arena March 25.

The group is considering the request by Oklahoma City businessman and Seattle Sonics owner Clay Bennett to move the team.

The tour will include a presentation on planned improvements to the Ford Center that were approved Tuesday by voters.

And Bennett says he plans to discuss a practice facility and business issues for the franchise with the other owners.

The NBA will decide on the relocation request at the league’s Board of Governors meetings April 17 and 18th in New York.

A trial is scheduled in federal court this June on Seattle’s bid to force the Sonics to remain in the city until their Key Arena lease ends in 2010.