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SEATTLE NBA: Basketball economics must change

Letter by David J. Clark, Spanaway on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:43 am with 13 Comments »
December 9, 2010 1:10 pm

There’s much speculation about a possible relocation of Charlotte’s troubled NBA franchise to Seattle.

Current economics have ravaged every aspect of society and a number of NBA franchises are now bleeding financially on many fronts. The economic model screams for change; basketball must adapt or it will continue to erode its own foundation, the fans. The economic equation must include making it affordable again to the fan base so they can support NBA basketball.

Before we can even think about jumping back into bed with David Stern and the NBA helping him bail out his sinking ship, we must first find a source of private money to funnel into an arena solution. In a perfect world, perhaps a knight in shining armor such – as Steve Balmer – could slay such a dragon and finally resolve this issue. Then basketball could be about basketball again.

Until such a time, the NBA in Seattle will always be about Sonicgate, politics, greed, power and collusion.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Publico says:

    Who cares?

  2. oldman4 says:

    Publico in answer to your question I Don’t

  3. So the economic model is broken and the way to fix it is to get a billionaire to throw money at it? Like he won’t want to make his nickel back? That’s a head-scratcher.

    Forget the NBA, if you need an new arena anyway, might as well upgrade to the NHL.

  4. nonstopjoe says:

    Balmer didn’t make his millions by throwing money away. Why should he start now???

  5. Kevindot1 says:

    Ballmer is a huge sports/basketball guy. And, I care!!!

  6. Publico says:

    Kevin, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, where do you put Seattle basketball and where do you put soldiers fighting in Afghanistan?

  7. CrazyJim says:

    No public bail outs for sports. Enough!

  8. Professional sports is supported by tax payers – both in the construction and upkeep of facilities and the absurd write-offs given to owners to depreciate their team members like equipment and other loopholes that allow huge money-making franchises to show annual losses for tax purposes.

  9. Basketball (all sports) need to fix their own fiscal problems. The concept is simple, revenue generated from ticket sales,etc must be more than the operating expenses of the team / stadium. Keep in mind that if you want to charge $150.00 – $200.00 a ticket then I will take my entertainment dollar elsewhere.

    Please Seattle / Tacoma grow a set and make that part of any deal. No revenue from the city coffers… ie us the taxpayer.

  10. fbergford says:

    Publico they are both 10’s! Those GI’s in Afghanistan want to hear about little stuff on the home front, it makes them feel closer to home, like they aren’t missing out on anything. Some of those GI’s in Afghanistan are/were Sonics fans and they are probaly excited about the possiblilty of the Sonics coming home! For a brief moment during down time they can get lost in their thoughts and give them some enjoyment! I’m speaking from experience because I spent a little over a year in Iraq as a lowly enlisted grunt.

    As long as Steve Balmer can buy a team, pay all the relocation costs we got our team back and then we can flip off that two faced rat David Stern! Steve Balmer cashed out close to 2 billion in Micorsoft stock…I don’t think he needs tax payer money to build an arena!!! After it’s built we may also get a NHL team!

  11. The first thing that will be brought up is, who will bear the brunt of the cost of bringing Basketball back to Seattle? Of course the answer is,THE TAXPAYERS!!!!

  12. bobcat1a says:

    NBA, socialism run amuck.

  13. David J. Clark, Spanaway
    Here’s little lesson the team is in new orleans. The hole reason for having a sports team is it brings so much revenue! If that’s the case why is seattle and this state having so much financial problems???? Leave the broke a_ _ team in New Orleans

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