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 …