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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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Jason Reid

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Jason Reid (story), Camp Jones (story) (as Colin Baxter) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Keister John Keister ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Kevin Calabro Kevin Calabro ... Self - Sports Broadcaster, KIRO710
Percy Allen Percy Allen ... Self - Sportswriter, Seattle Times
Chris Daniels Chris Daniels ... Self - News Reporter, KING5
Art Thiel Art Thiel ... Self - Sports Columnist, Seattle PI
Steve Kelley Steve Kelley ... Self - Sports Columnist, Seattle Times
Slade Gorton Slade Gorton ... Self - Former U.S. Senator
Sam Perkins Sam Perkins ... Self - NBA Player
Brent Barry Brent Barry ... Self - NBA Player
Nick Collison Nick Collison ... Self - NBA Player
Desmond Mason Desmond Mason ... Self - NBA Player
Jamal Crawford Jamal Crawford ... Self - NBA Player
Aaron Brooks Aaron Brooks ... Self - NBA Player
Doug Christie Doug Christie ... Self - NBA Player
Jim McIlvaine Jim McIlvaine ... Self - 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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Requiem For A Team See more »


Certificate:

Unrated
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Trivia

In April 2011, at a book signing for Howard Schultz's new book "Onward," a disgruntled Sonics fan managed to get to the front of the line and berated Schultz for his role in the Sonics' departure. Although not connected to the man who created the incident, "Sonicsgate" producer Adam Brown was filming the incident at the time, and at the behest of Schultz, was asked to leave. See more »

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Howard Schultz: Five years ago, when I sat here and was in a position to buy the team, I remember saying that I view this as my responsibility as part of the public trust.
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Alternate Versions

SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2012) was completely re-cut and re-produced to air nationally on CNBC television in April 2012. This new 43-minute version is distinct in many ways from the original 120-minute Online Director's Cut released online in 2009, though the basic story and many elements remain the same in both versions. Updates include new graphics, archive footage and new interviews with See more »

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Missing
Written and Performed by Grayskul
Featuring Andrea Zollo
Produced by Smoke of Oldominion
Courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment
SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2012)
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Great Movie
3 January 2010 | by zane-3744See 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team See more »

Filming Locations:

Bellevue, Washington, USA See more »

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Budget:

$280,000 (estimated)
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