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With deadline looming, Sonics seeking arbitration for KeyArena lease

Updated: September 21, 2007, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Seattle and the SuperSonics have been partners for four decades. Now comes the inevitable ugliness of a divorce.

The Sonics have asked for an arbitration panel to rule that they do not have to play the final two seasons of their lease at KeyArena, saying the contract's terms allow the team to negotiate a buyout. That would allow the Sonics to relocate after this coming season unless the team secures a new arena in the Seattle area by Oct. 31.

"Given the tenor ...

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