Sonics owner wants public to pay for upgrades to Oklahoma City's arena

Updated: January 31, 2008, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Seattle SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett believes public funding is the most logical way to pay for upgrades to Oklahoma City's downtown arena that are aimed at luring the NBA team to town.

While the improvements could benefit the SuperSonics if their relocation bid succeeds, Bennett said Thursday that the city stands to gain more from a renovated building. Bennett said a lease to use the city-owned building would likely leave the ownership group with "a significant, if ...

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