Professional Basketball Club
|Headquarters||208 Thunder Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, U.S.|
|Clayton I. Bennett (Chairman, CEO)|
|Total assets||estimated $590 million|
|Divisions||Oklahoma City Thunder|
Oklahoma City Blue
The Professional Basketball Club LLC is an investment group headed by Clay Bennett that owns the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Oklahoma City Thunder franchise (formerly the Seattle SuperSonics) and the Thunder's NBA Development League affiliate Oklahoma City Blue. The group also owned the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)'s Seattle Storm franchise from 2006 to 2008. The PBC then sold the Storm to local Seattle owners, before moving the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
On July 18, 2006, the Basketball Club of Seattle, led by Howard Schultz, sold the Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to the Professional Basketball Club after failing to reach an agreement with the city of Seattle over a publicly funded $220 million expansion of KeyArena. The Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City was a successful effort by the ownership group of the Seattle SuperSonics to relocate the team from Seattle, Washington to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team began play as the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2008–09 basketball season, after becoming the third National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to relocate in the 2000s.
The Professional Basketball Club on January 8, 2008 sold the Storm to an ownership group consisting of four Seattle businesswomen. On July 31, 2008, the 66ers announced that Professional Basketball Club had purchased the Tulsa 66ers, marking the third NBA Development League team to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs).
In September 2013 the OKC Thunder add station KAKC, the 66ers' radio broadcasting partner, to its Thunder Radio Network. In April 2014, George Kaiser bought Tom L. Ward's interest in The Professional Basketball Club, while Jeffrey Records Jr. sold part of his stake to Bennett while two other changed their stakes.
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