Decision on Sonics' future to come Wednesday

Jun 27, 2008 - 4:56 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- With the NBA draft serving as a distraction for some basketball-starved fans, the fate of one of the league's franchises is close to being decided, according to a published report.

With closing arguments drawing to a close in the trial between the city of Seattle and the SuperSonics Thursday, Judge Marsha Pechman said she will post her ruling on Wednesday, according to a report in the Seattle Times.

"I'm not going to open my mouth and decide this case today," Pechman told the newspaper. "I also understand that time is significant for everyone involved."

The city is seeking to hold the owners of the Sonics to the remaining two years of the team's KeyArena lease. Lawyers for the city obtained e-mails that show lead owner Clay Bennett and his ownership group may not have been honest about their plans to keep the Sonics in Seattle.

Season ticket holders also have filed a class action lawsuit that contends they were tricked into buying tickets under the belief that the Sonics would be staying in the Pacific Northwest.

The Sonics have alleged that they are losing money at KeyArena, thereby necessitating a likely move to Oklahoma City, Bennett's hometown.

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