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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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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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$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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Chris Van Dyk - Lobbyist, Citizens For More Important Things: I wrote a newspaper article calling the NBA a group "worse than the neighborhood crack dealer." Not because the Sonics are a bad thing, or because sports are a bad thing, but because you had a group of financial wizards who just got their hooks in there.
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SONICSGATE: ONLINE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2009)
SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2012)
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engaging sports documentary
12 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting this feature to be so well-made and intriguing. I decided to glance thru it just to see the contents. But one minute into it, i was truly engaged.

the filmmaker does a great job giving the sports history of the City of Seattle and the history of the Sonics. It made me understand why the citizens of Seattle loved their basketball. Being a fan of the Sonics' bitter rival, the Portland trailblazers, i found myself becoming a fan of the Sonics and a fan of the Sonics' fan. In saying that, i found it heartbreaking to see what happened to the organization, the city, and the fans.

I couldn't give it a full 10 stars just because it felt a little too biased. Some more perspective from the NBA and Bennett would have been nice, but i guess since they declined to be interviewed, we're not able to see that. Overall, a very excellent doc! PS. I hope Seattle does get another NBA franchise, and hopefully not at the expense of another struggling city.


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