By Patrick B. McGuigan
State Sen. David Holt, a Republican who represents much of west Oklahoma City at the state Capitol, will sign copies of his new book “Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA” on Friday, April 28, 5-7 p.m. at Full Circle Bookstore.
Holt’s book is published by Jim Tolbert’s Full Circle Press.
Sen. Holt told The City Sentinel he wrote the book because he believes “the arrival of the NBA was the most significant positive development in the city’s history, and so I thought it was critical to the city’s historical record that the tale be chronicled comprehensively before memories grew dim.”
He continued, “I felt that as the Mayor’s chief of staff during many of the events, I was as well-positioned as anyone to tell the story, and perhaps even provide some background that had never previously been revealed.” Additionally, he said, “having been sports editor of my college paper at George Washington, I hoped I possessed at least the minimum competency to pull it off.”
Among other things, the book stipulates that relocation of the Seattle Super Sonics to the city was not a sure thing, even after the community’s success in hosting the New Orleans Hornets for two seasons.
Litigation with Seattle, local opposition to a sales tax to support the relocation and other factors are detailed in the book.
Full Circle Book Store is located at 50 Penn Place on the ground floor. Big League City retails for $27.95