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Sonicsgate (2009)

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Exposing the truth behind the Seattle SuperSonics' tragic exodus after 41 years in the Emerald City.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Keister ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Kevin Calabro ...
Himself - Sports Broadcaster, KIRO710
Percy Allen ...
Himself - Sportswriter, Seattle Times
Chris Daniels ...
Himself - News Reporter, KING5
Art Thiel ...
Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle PI
Steve Kelley ...
Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle Times
Slade Gorton ...
Himself - Former U.S. Senator
Sam Perkins ...
Himself - NBA Player
Brent Barry ...
Himself - NBA Player
Nick Collison ...
Himself - NBA Player
Desmond Mason ...
Himself - NBA Player
Jamal Crawford ...
Himself - NBA Player
Aaron Brooks ...
Himself - NBA Player
Doug Christie ...
Himself - NBA Player
Jim McIlvaine ...
Himself - NBA Player
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"Sonicsgate" is a feature documentary film exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics after a heated legal battle in 2008. The perfect storm of corporate greed and political impotence formed to rob loyal Seattle sports fans of their oldest professional franchise. The team's celebrated 41-year run in Seattle included an NBA Championship, three Western Conference titles, six division titles and legendary players such as Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen, Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel, Jack Sikma, Freddy Brown, Slick Watts and Spencer Haywood... just to name a few. As NBA salaries skyrocketed following the 1999 player lockout, the league's business model changed to require expansive new buildings paid for with taxpayer dollars. Seattle's KeyArena, built in 1995 as a remodel of the old Seattle Coliseum, just wouldn't cut it anymore according to NBA Commissioner David Stern. Faced with operating losses and political leadership that was extremely adverse to stadium funding,... Written by Adam Brown

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nba | greed | courtroom | sports fan | theft | See more »

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Sports are a business. No team is safe. See more »


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9 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team  »

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$280,000 (estimated)
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All of the music featured in the film comes from Seattle-based artists, including The Presidents of the United States of America's re-working of their song "Supermodel," called "Supersonics," which features play-by-play audio from Kevin Calabro in the background. See more »

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Himself - Writer: [while fans chant "Save Our Sonics" at the last home game] I just thought to myself, "You're way too late. You're way too late." Pitiful cries to a disinterested God.
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Home
Written, Produced and Performed by Jake One
Featuring Vitamin D, C-Note, Maneak B and Ish
Courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment
SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
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engaging sports documentary
12 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting this feature to be so well-made and intriguing. I decided to glance thru it just to see the contents. But one minute into it, i was truly engaged.

the filmmaker does a great job giving the sports history of the City of Seattle and the history of the Sonics. It made me understand why the citizens of Seattle loved their basketball. Being a fan of the Sonics' bitter rival, the Portland trailblazers, i found myself becoming a fan of the Sonics and a fan of the Sonics' fan. In saying that, i found it heartbreaking to see what happened to the organization, the city, and the fans.

I couldn't give it a full 10 stars just because it felt a little too biased. Some more perspective from the NBA and Bennett would have been nice, but i guess since they declined to be interviewed, we're not able to see that. Overall, a very excellent doc! PS. I hope Seattle does get another NBA franchise, and hopefully not at the expense of another struggling city.


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