WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to David Stern, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), expressing strong support for the relocation of the NBA Supersonics Franchise to Oklahoma City from Seattle, WA and encouraging him to allow the process of considering relocation to continue moving forward. The State of Washington’s Senate delegation has undertaken a last minute lobbying effort to derail the relocation process, sending a letter to Commissioner Stern asking him to “remove consideration of the relocation” of the Supersonics. What follows is the letter from Senator Inhofe to Commissioner Stern:
Dear Commissioner Stern,
It has come to my attention that your office is being lobbied by Washington State’s United States Senators to “remove consideration of the relocation” of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Supersonics franchise. As you know, Oklahoma City has proven to be a first rate city for an NBA franchise. I write today to strongly urge you to resist last minute efforts to derail a fair process that would make Oklahoma City a proud home of our very own NBA franchise.
Oklahoma City was pleased to support the NBA and the City of New Orleans by hosting the Hornets while the city recovered from the devastation incurred by Hurricane Katrina. While the Hornets were in Oklahoma City, our fans demonstrated an incredible commitment and outstanding support for the NBA.
Thank you for allowing this process to move forward. If this relocation is approved, the league will be rewarding a city and state that much deserve the recognition associated with hosting an NBA franchise.
United States Senator