Someone earlier mentioned sending a letter to ESPN. I think this is a great idea, but only if you keep it civil. We dont need any morons sending letters to Bill in all CAPS telling him how much you hate him.
Email him there.
This is my email:
As I go through your segments every so often, as I've done for the past several year, I've come to be very annoyed and insulted at the language you use in informing the masses about Oklahoma City. See, though I just got done working in another large city (that shall not be named) I was born and raised in OKC and was very excited to see the growth of the city and the hard work of the community pay off to land a major league sports team. Come back to my home town this week I had the opportunity to attend a game and bought merch, food and enjoyed the good kind hearted people of Oklahoma. When you use incendiary language like "The team that shall not be named" and quips of the like, it diminishes the successes of the city and the incredible growth of downtown area.
I get it, you didn't like the manner in which the team moved. However, you ignore the fact that the city probably couldn't get a simple majority vote for 75 million they need to secure funds for the renovation stadium, the fact that the franchise was losing 20 mill a year and the city had been growing cold to the team. You never talk about those things, though they're the cold hard facts. You reemphasize, in some form, how terrible the move was every chance you get and how terrible the league was to allow it. I'm sure Stern was supposed to tell Howard not to sell the team, and Clay Bennett not to buy it, Stern then told the 80% of Seattle voters to vote no, in a poll that asked if they supported a tax for the Sonics. Everything sounds like a superiority complex that's gone out of control. Living in a very large city and visiting other large cities on a regular basis I've come to find out that people from large cities feel like they're just better than people from smaller cities. It comes through very clearly in your writing that this is what you think. "Little ol' Oklahoma doesn't deserve a team, a great city like Seattle does!".
I would love to invite you to OKC, do some interviews on the local news stations, and have our Mayor show you around. Maybe spend time watching a few games and getting to know the locals, because without meaning to, you're hurting the people of Oklahoma City by the way you've treated the situation. Come to town, have a steak and have a conversation with Durant and how much he's grown to love the "Big Friendly" I hope you take me up on my offer.