Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team

2010 ,    » 15 Comments

Sonicsgate: Requiem for a TeamWinner - Best Sports Film - 2010 Webby Awards. A free educational documentary chronicling how after 41 years of playing NBA basketball in Seattle, the Super Sonics were moved to Oklahoma and became the Thunder.

This film was created by Sonics fans in order to educate the public. This film is in High Definition, Close Captioned and has a soundtrack provided by Seattle area musicians.

Features original HD interviews including Gary Payton, George Karl, Slade Gorton, Brad Keller, Sherman Alexie, Paul Lawrence, Kevin Calabro and many more. This film is being distributed for free online by the Seattle SuperSonics Historical Preservation Society.

Music was provided for the film by Seattle-area hip-hop artists such as Lil Kriz, Jake One, Grayskul, Blue Scholars, Common Market and more.

This is an original educational work created by loyal Sonic fans with additional footage provided by local news organizations.

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Ratings: 8.53/10 from 19 users.

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Guest

    not many basketball fans around

  2. Epicurus
  3. Epicurus

    ya, im not a basketball fan. lets find some hockey documentaries.

    i remember watching something about the history of hockey from a canadian perspective. it was really good. i think it was called Hockey: A people's history

  4. tomregit
  5. tomregit

    I'm not a basketball fan either, but it's a pretty good doc. I too am a hockey fan (Go Canucks) and have seen "Hockey: A Peoples History" too.

    A compelling story could be told about the Jets leaving Winnipeg (a hockey savvy city) for Phoenix (a place with no history or love of the game) and subsequent failure. NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, former senior vice president and general council to the NBA, has been anathema to the "Canadian game". He doesn't seem to understand that people in the south and southwest of America, quite logically, don't give a damn about hockey.

  6. Imightberiding
  7. Imightberiding

    With regards to the previous comments: ("Not a big basketball fan") I thought this film was more about Seattle than basketball. I think it's one of those, "you had to be there" kinda things. I had the pleasure of living in this fabulous city from the late 80's through to the end of the 90's. It was a special place. Music, sports, the arts, small town community spirit for a big city. It's kinda like mixing Vancouver, BC with San Francisco. I also attended several Sonics games during the Kemp/Payton era. It was an awesome experience to say the least. Sad to learn that the Sonics are gone. I was never a crazed fan or huge follower of any sport. If I had an opportunity to go to any game I would. It was fun, entertaining & part of the community you live in.

    Any way, although some what bitter sweet with fond memories of Seattle & it's groovy Super Sonics, mixed with sadness for the loss of a long standing team, I enjoyed this doc. Thanks Vlatko.

  8. Guest
  9. Guest

    you must be in heaven these days, with the Canuks in the finals! (i frankly have not interest in the game myself)

  10. tomregit
  11. tomregit

    I absolutely agree that the story was as much, or more, about Seattle than the Super Sonics. Vancouver mixed with San Francisco is a fair analogy. I visit Seattle regularly and it's a fine city that I always enjoy. It is difficult for fans to separate the team from the city even when everyone knows they cannot be equated. This makes it even more difficult to watch a relocation occur.

    There once was a more innocent time when it wasn't just about money, arenas, money, television rights, money, corporate boxes, and money.

  12. vdst
  13. vdst

    To me, this is more about Sports, politics, law, and money, then the fans.

    Having values of a humanitarian (unassociated, groups can't really get things done the way one person acting can.), I can't see the fanmanship as constructive. You can't argue that you want to watch individuals play a sport, who make millions of dollars a year, and then not see that the system which they work/play within would be able to be manipulated by the same force for which they preform (money). The people, it follows logically, have less influence on the game then the money. The egos you worship or admire, when it comes down to the bottom line, are affirmed by money more than fans. The skills you admire, the moments you cherish. Those things, you can see at your local YMCA, at the park, or when YOU play. That is where the $10s of millions should go, to local sports, leagues, put that in the local paper. When you hit 11 or 15 in a game of winners out (that is the sport you love). When you throw that mid court alley oop pass because you know without having said a word to the receiver, that you are right, and you know he can get it and make you look good (that is the sport). When you really love the game, YOU play.

  14. Brent B
  15. Brent B

    this doc gives me a little peek into the emotional turmoil felt by my fathers generation here in baltimore when the colts up and left. a team with 11 hall of famers, a super bowl win, and a place as the victor in the greatest game ever played had the same lineage as the sonics did to seattle. i wish all you seattle fans the best of luck at getting a team and hope it happens sooner than the 12 it took to bring a franchise to baltimore.

    i hated to steal the browns franchise, but at least moddell did the honest thing and left the history in that city. im sickened at the way this whole thing went down.

  16. Matt Abe
  17. Matt Abe

    HUGE nba fan, great flick

  18. posi x mosh
  19. posi x mosh

    To me, this is a script seen time and time again all over the US. It is one that involves a billionaire owner that effectively blackmails a city (including but not specifically, the team's fans) for a free stadium built with or guaranteed by public money. The private owner then privatizes profits, and somehow sticks the city with thev bill for the asset they own.

  20. Peter Cochran
  21. Peter Cochran

    now I understand why it takes so many years for a team to return to a city that has been "abandoned" by the business operators involved in such professional sports team "relocations". Boy isn't Capitalism great for the underfunded programs like education, infrastructure, etc., that take a back seat to it possible that taxpaying professional sports fans have their priorities mixed up? Supply & Demand an NBA Team for your city-who cares if most children get a compromised education system or our bridges, roads, highways and police forces also have to be compromised? Go Sonics! Go Thunder! I cheer because I'd rather have the fun of cheering for Multimillionaires playing games than to see our future citizens have a better education or safer lives. David Stern really does work the system well and citizen's just take it up the azz and LIKE IT!.

  22. Freddie Meredith
  23. Freddie Meredith


  24. Flip
  25. Flip

    It was about the city council...those totally smug, shortsighted, uncreative morons - a Seattle constant along with the drizzle. Throw in the big baby that is Howard Shultz, arrogant twat David Stern, and finally a disingenuous Bennett.

  26. Flip
  27. Flip

    The fans were many, and still are. Seattle was and is an outstanding market for the NBA.

  28. Dribbling Doug
  29. Dribbling Doug

    Well put together doc. Being an NBA fan from Vancouver I can relate to a double loss here (Grizzlies and Sonics). Watching the Sonics in the late 70's with the Wizard and Downtown made me an NBA fan. Then making road trips to this fun and welcoming town to see a top team take on top talent was great. Vancouver was never meant to be a basketball town, Seattle certainly was. Would rather see another team back in Seattle than Vancouver. Hope it happens some day.

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