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Sonicsgate (2009)

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

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Cast

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


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Unrated
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9 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team  »

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Budget:

$280,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Howard Schultz: [stammering during the sale to Clay Bennett] The reason we're at this table is w-we arrived at a place with a buyer who really wants to stay here.
Steve Kelley - Sports Columnist, Seattle Times: I remember when Gary Payton went to the Lakers and returned to Seattle for the first time. I asked him, "What are you going to say to Howard?" Gary said, "I'm not gonna say anything to his punk-ass."
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Soundtracks

Not In Our House
Written, Produced and Performed by Sir Mix-A-Lot
Courtesy of MeMusic
SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2012)
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Great Movie
3 January 2010 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I am a fourteen year old boy who saw a link to this documentary and was just going to take a glance.

However, once i started watching this, i was hooked! Sonics Gate accurately explains how the Sonic's franchise was STOLEN from Seattle.

Even if you are a Yankee's fan or you don't watch basketball, this documentary is a MUST WATCH.

Please take a little time to watch it!

It is my second-most favorite documentary of all time after Tupac : resurrection.

With love,

Zane; Faithful Sonics fan


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