Oklahoma City OKs Arena Tax; Sonic Boom Soon?

THE OKLAHOMAN tallies up the news that Oklahoma City voters have approved an arena tax, clearing one more hurdle that will help the Sooner State land the Seattle Supersonics.

Sonics logo Oklahoma graffiti

Over 62% of the votes were in favor of extending a current 1-cent sales tax that was to expire at the end of the year. The new proposal would continue the tax into 2010, and is expect to raise more than $121 million for improvements to the Ford Center.

The Sonics appear one step closer to pulling out of the Pacific Northwest for the Great Plains. Even their website acknowledges the inevitable.

Sonics front page screen capture

ESPN’s TRUE HOOP notes that on the front page of the team’s official site, the “Supersonics” are sans “Seattle”. In fact, the only mention of the city you see is on the uniform the Sonics player in the main page photo.

We wonder if Clay Bennett & Co. will also abject the Sonics’ jerseys to the Seattle slaying, and removed the city’s name from the away unis even before they leave.

Angels away jersey

Kind of like what Arte Moreno did when he changed his ball club’s name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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