More advice on getting involved with grassroots effort to keep Sonics

My buddy Mike, who works for the Sonics, had this to add to my advice on how to get involved with keeping the Sonics here. He originally posted this in the comments, but it's good, so it's getting top billing!

He's right when he says Rep. Frank Chopp is the key to this thing at least getting started -- the way our screwy legislature works, if this guy (the speaker of the House) doesn't want a bill to come up for a vote, it doesn't, and it dies. He also wields a lot of influence with other representatives; if he's behind a bill, so are a lot of other reps. Totally unfair, but as another legislator once told me, the system is stacked so most bills have no chance. You can contact Chopp here.

Anyway, heeeeeeere's Mikey!


If at all possible, try to get your letters/emails to Frank Chopp as well. I don't know if it is quite as easy, but he really is the gatekeeper in this process. If a long term solution gets done, it is going to be largely due to the grassroots effort -- by Sonics fans themselves. The Sonics as an organization are willing/desiring to put it to a vote. Even if it initially doesn't get the majority it needs, at least it gets the negotiation started.

The organization still believes it originally had sufficient support in legislation, but was Chopp Blocked! So now we need to flood our local legislation and Frank Chopp himself to get the juices flowing once again. Kevin Durant has sparked the masses, and with a rejuvenated fan-base it could/should be enough to get something done.

Briefly tell them about your experiences with the Seattle Sonics -- hit on the emotional -- because they are not going to listen to the economical/political stances! Unfortunately, the Seatle Sonics as an organization, can't really play the "sentimental card" too well. Regardless of how it is put out there, it would come across negatively... but if its from the fans -- it's authentic!!

Biggest ways to support -- buy up tickets and show up for the games! Next year we are going to see the college player of the year- 43 times!!! I would have paid huge money to watch a single Texas game last year, and now we have him in our backyard for 43 games a year!!! Regardless of the long-term, come out and enjoy the show next season!

Just as big -- be vocal and positive about keeping the Sonics here! If you are disinterested and truly feel that there are better things to spend your time and money on -- then go do that. Unless you have a personal agenda against keeping the team here, why waste everyone's time vocalizing your negativity? Until the other day, I was a big fan of Jim Moore ... does he really have nothing else to write about? Jim Moore in my books is officially "Debbie Downer".

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