Get an inside look at Michael at home, on the golf course and in the air. Features rare footage from his days at the University of North Carolina. Relive spectacular highlights from his NBA... See full summary »
"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
At the end of the special thanks section, the filmmakers added "For nothing, Howard," referencing former owner Howard Schultz and his controversial decision to sell the team to Clay Bennett. See more »
Himself - Attorney for PBC:
[referring to Howard Schultz's "public trust" comment]
Howard Schultz may have referred to the notion of a sports team being a "public trust," but one can't help but notice that when it came time to dig into his own pocketbook, to try and keep the public trust, to keep the team here, he was the first person to close his wallet up, take his marbles, and go home.
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