Mayor Nickels to lead off witnesses for Sonics trial
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will be the first witness to testify on Monday when the city's lawsuit seeking to keep the SuperSonics from leaving for Oklahoma City goes to trial.
Nickels is expected to testify about the role the basketball team plays in the cultural and civic life of Seattle. Paul Lawrence, a lawyer for the city, said Nickels will be followed on the stand Monday by former Seattle Center director Virginia Anderson, KeyArena manager Jyo Singh and, if there's time, Sonics owner Clay Bennett.
The trial is being heard by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman, who must decide whether to force the Sonics to play their home games in KeyArena for the next two seasons, as called for in the team's lease, or let them move to Oklahoma City.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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