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SONICS TO STAY?

IS THIS TRUE? I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE INFORMATION IS SOLID ON THIS ONE BUT I HAVE SOME CONCERNS THAT THE SOURCE ON IT MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH DETAILS TO CONFIRM A "DEAL" BEING DONE.

IF IT IS TRUE THEN IT IS TIME TO TIP HATS TO OWNERSHIP WHO I DDIN'T THINK WOULD AGREE TO A DEAL. I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINTED I'LL BE THE FIRST IN LINE TO CONGRATULATE THEM AND THAT WILL BE THE CASE IF THEY TOOK A DEAL. AUBURN IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT IS HERE LOCALLY.

UPDATE: Reports coming in that the Muckleshoots are denying this report. Maybe its not chrismas yet but I'll hold out hope. I'm familiar enough with the Muckleshoots original offer to know that it was very real. If both parties are considering it then it could still happen, even if it's not tomorrow.

http://thehistoryguy.typepad.com/seattle_wa_politics/blog_index.html

Sonics Make Deal With Muckleshoot Tribe to Build Arena in Auburn

Inside sources reveal that the Seattle SuperSonics and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe have reached an agreement to build a new basketball arena in Auburn next to the existing Emerald Downs Race Track. This agreement will keep the Sonics in King County, though not in the City of Seattle.

The Muckleshoot Tribe owns the land the track sits on, but not the racing facility itself. The Tribe also owns adjacent property, which will house the new arena.

A news conference will be held at Emerald Downs at 10AM Monday, September 17, to announce the deal.

This new development comes on the heels of the announcement by the City of Seattle that former Senator Slade Gorton will work to keep the Sonics and the Storm from breaking their lease at KeyArena prior to the expiration of the lease in 2010.