"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
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 »
Sherman Alexie - Writer:
[while fans chant "Save Our Sonics" at the last home game]
I just thought to myself, "You're way too late. You're way too late." Pitiful cries to a disinterested God.
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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) See more »
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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