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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 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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9 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team  »

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$280,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Kevin Calabro - Sports Broadcaster, KIRO710: [about Howard Schult'z "public trust" comment] He talked a lot about being a steward of the public trust, and I believed him. But coming from him, I think it was all just empty rhetoric. Coming from him, there was a lot of empty rhetoric.
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Soundtracks

Tobacco Road
Written and Performed by Common Market
Produced by Sabzi
Courtesy of Hyena Records
SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2012)
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A Heartbroken City
4 December 2010 | by (Seattle, Washington, United States) – See all my reviews

This films in depth look at what really went on both publicly and privately definitely gives the viewer the insight for the "Sonics Scandal."

The amount of energy and pride that our city had when the Sonics were in town proves that we (Seattle) deserved a team.

The pain is like your wife cheating, taking the kids, moving across the country, and then getting re-married to the man she cheated on you with.

If your a big sports fan, please watch this movie. Think about if all this happened to your most beloved sports team.


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