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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  11 responses

Sonics Fans Win Suit Against Clay Bennett

They’re not getting their hoops team back, but these Sonics fans’ wallets are now marginally happy: “While the Seattle SuperSonics are long gone, about 1,000 former season ticket holders may soon be getting a little cash back from Clay Bennett as the result of a class-action lawsuit settlement. Bennett and his Professional Basketball Club have agreed to a $1.6 million settlement proposal with three fans who filed suit on behalf of their fellow ticket holders more than two years ago after the Sonics left for Oklahoma City. Judge Richard Jones, who has been overseeing the suit in his U.S. District court, has not yet signed off on the proposal. The two sides proposed the settlement to avoid a pending trial, but there is no indication when Jones will rule at this point. The suit centers around the complaint of three fans — Robert Brotherson, Patrick Sheehy and Carolyn Bechtel — who charged that Bennett and his PBC guaranteed them the right to maintain their season tickets at the same price through 2009-10 when they renewed for the 2006-07 season through an ‘Emerald Club’ promotion shortly after Bennett purchased the franchise.”

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  • Ken

    I bet the moral victory feels better than the money. That guy really treated Seattle badly.

  • Sam Z

    F@ck Clay bennet. he shouldve never touched the sonics.

  • doom

    F@ck Howard Shultz. He’s the one who sold the team to that b@stard

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Good for them! Great little victory for the city and the fans.

  • don

    those fans should be enjoying the durant-westbrook-green-harden core right now.

  • floe

    anyone who’s seen the wire knows clay bennetts got deeper pockets than that. a million 3 is chump change folks. move on, nothing here to see.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    it’s the principle of the thing. capt douche

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Screw Bennett. I want the Sonics back!

  • David

    I’m with L. Still upset that this nice Thunder team isn’t playing in Seattle green and yellow. I wonder if Cleveland Browns fans were happy to get the new Browns instead of the Ravens. And I know it can’t be very satisfying to have the Bobcats instead of the Hornets playing in Charlotte. But at least they got teams again.

  • ab_40

    class-action lawsuit settlement they didn’t win they settled on this. and David Charlotte in Charlotte is a great team outside of charlotte not yet. larry brown is a great coach. come on the thunder had support last year winning almost nothing the years before that in seatle it was a lot like memphis and ahum new jersey

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    Howard Schultz is the real villian. Sell-out.

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