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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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$280,000 (estimated)
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Won a Webby Award for Best Sports Film. Accepting on behalf of the film, former Sonics legend Gary Payton gave the speech, saying simply, "Bring back the Seattle Supersonics!" This was met with raucous applause from the New York City audience. See more »

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Percy Allen - Sportswriter, Seattle Times: As a whole, this region does not want to fund publicly financed stadiums and arenas. I mean, this region has proven that. And so now when the Sonics come around this third time, not only does the sort of public say we're not going to vote for it, but a segment of the public gets proactive.
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The Weatherman
Written and Performed by Neema Khorrami
Featuring Eric Riedmann
Produced by Jay-O for Seanotes Productions
SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
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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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