Wednesday, July 19
Rethinking the Argument
The more I chew over this whole Sonics to Oklahoma scenario, the more it makes me wonder if we aren’t just missing the boat here.
Maybe instead of begging the Sonics to stay here, they should be begging us instead.
Maybe letting the Sonics move to Oklahoma might be the best thing that ever happened to Seattle.
Why? Because maybe it’s time cities across the US finally stood up to professional sports teams and called their collective bluff. Everywhere you turn, a team is holding a city hostage. Seattle, Charlotte, Sacramento, Anaheim, they’ve all felt the pinch from NBA teams.
But does the NBA really think they’re better off with a team in Oklahoma City than Seattle? Really? Here are some numbers culled from the web, comparing the two cities (all numbers from 2004, when available):
Oklahoma City, 531,324
Seattle: 3.1 million
OKC: 1.1 million
Cost of Living Index (100% is national average)
Most Literate Cities
Seattle, No. 1
OKC, No. 38
Murders per 100,000 people
Rapes per 100,000 people
Aggravated Assaults per 100,000 people
HS or Higher
Okay, that’s a lot to digest, I know. But mull it over a bit, and ponder this question –
What if Seattle told the NBA, “You don’t want us? Fine. Leave. Go ahead. Nobody’s stopping you. But 2, 3, or 5 years from now, when the Oklahoma SoonerSonics are drawing 11,000 a game, ad revenue is half of what it was in Seattle, the TV/Radio contract is a quarter of what they got from KJR and Fox Sports NW, don’t come crying to us. We’re not the ones who opted to move to a metro area a third the size of the one they were already in. We’re not the ones who thought that opting for a city with a citizenry that’s nowhere near as educated, and therefore nowhere near as likely to afford $20,000 for luxury suites. Yeah, we’ll let you put your team here, but it’s not going to cost us one red cent.”
It’s not likely to happen, but it sure would be nice.
Posted by PN at 3:58 PM