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A Statement from Governor Gregoire Regarding Sale of the Sonics

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2006

I am disappointed that the ownership of the Sonics and Storm will no longer be local but understand that this was a very difficult business decision by the owners.

I am encouraged that the new owners want to stay in the state. I have worked with Mayor Nickels and the City Council and hoped that the teams would stay in Key Arena because I have been concerned about the long-term viability of the Seattle Center.

I had a good conversation this afternoon with Clay Bennett, the managing partner of the new owners, and look forward to meeting with him during his next trip to Washington.