Economic development occurs when more dollars flow into a community than flow out. Wasting public money trying to bring professional sports to Tacoma would do the opposite, even if successful.
Team owners won’t live here; players won’t live here; advertising, accounting, broadcasting, public relations and sports agents won’t live here. But they’ll gladly gather up big entertainment dollars paid by the local citizens and export them to wherever they do live. The hot dog sales and parking fees gained locally would be peanuts (pun intended).
If local leaders want to revive the area economically, best they put their influence into approving ecologically sound development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Remember Prudhoe Bay? That boom, in the mid 1970s, brought well over 2,500 high-paying jobs to Tacoma. Arco, British Petroleum, The Ralph Parsons Company and Seattle’s Wright-Schuchart-Harbor Construction companies built and exported oil- and gas-processing modules here on our Tideflats. That boom lasted more than four years. I know; I was one of the W-S-H senior managers on the project.