OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -Oklahoma City residents will vote March 4 on whether to levy a one-cent sales tax to pay for improvements at the Ford Center in hopes of luring an NBA team.
The vote, set Wednesday by the City Council, will take place about six weeks before NBA owners meet to vote on an application by the Seattle SuperSonics to relocate to Oklahoma City.
The tax would last for 15 months, starting on Jan. 1, 2009, the day after a current one-cent sales tax used to fund school improvements expires, and would generate an estimated $121.6 million. It would also pay for an NBA practice facility.
The efforts of the Sonics' Oklahoma City-based ownership group, led by Clay Bennett, to move the team from Seattle has ended up in federal court, where a judge will decide whether the team must honor the final three years of its lease at Seattle's KeyArena, the NBA's smallest venue. The team's lease expires after the 2009-2010 season.
The Ford Center recently hosted the New Orleans Hornets for two seasons after Hurricane Katrina forced the team's temporary relocation, and average attendance was 18,329, about 1,000 below the arena's capacity.
The building opened in 2002 and cost about $89 million to build.

Recent NBA Discussions

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 811 Boston Celtics  99%
#2 804 Milwaukee Bucks  96%
#4 503 Atlanta Hawks  76%
#5 810 Toronto Raptors  75%
#7 801 San Antonio Spurs  67%
#9 514 Houston Rockets  64%
#10 508 Miami Heat  63%

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Timberwolves vs. Rockets Prediction Will tonight's game between the Timberwolves and Rockets turn into a high-scoring affair at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Curry's crew continues hammering foes Golden State trailed the Clippers by 12 points at halftime Thursday. Yet, it didn’t take long for Steve Kerr’s club to perform a...
Thumbnail 76ers vs. Knicks Prediction After beating the Wizards outright as a home underdog on Friday, will the 76ers cover the spread tonight against the Knicks at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Wade's squad eyes big opportunity in Ohio After returning from the All-Star break with a rousing win over New York, can Cleveland also make mincemeat of Chicago this evening?
Thumbnail Spurs vs. Clippers Prediction Will the over cash tonight when the Clippers host the Spurs at 10:30PM ET in a battle of Western Conference foes?
Advertisement

NBA Team Pages