Yep - they say an opening prayer before The Thunder game. It started when The Hornets were here. It doesn't bother me since I'm involved in the church and the prayers are pretty generic - I agree - lets pray for the safety of our players and good will among everybody. Its the way it is in Oklahoma and as far as I know everyone just respects it.
Thanks for the confirmation of OKC's practices, Diane. Here's one more point for consideration, everyone: if we were talking about college basketball, particularly a public school, like LSU, or UNO, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that an opening prayer would violate the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause (â€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religionâ€), indeed there are a plethora of cases on high school football games squarely on point. If such a public school had prayer is viewed as religious coercion, excessive entanglement with religion, a message sent to a minority that they are outsiders, or an establishment of a "normative" religious belief (all language used by U.S. Supreme Court cases), why, just because the Hornets are a private organization, would they want to do something so blatantly falling within this category, when they don't need to go there at all? Basketball should be inclusive, not decisive; sport is about bringing together people of all sorts to witness elite competition, to see others striving for physical perfection: not an opportunity for ecumenical proselytizing to a captive audience.