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No NBA in Seattle? Who cares?

sonicsSEATTLE — Remember all the talk about moving the NBA back to Seattle and how disappointed everyone was it didn’t happen?

Well, it turns out most people didn’t care about losing out to Sacramento all too much.

According to the Seattle Times, a recent poll conducted by Stuart Elway found 51 percent of King County residents shrugged the NBA’s decision not to move the Kings to Seattle, saying it wasn’t a “compelling drama for King County residents”

Thirty-three percent of those polled said they were disappointed in the decision. But 12 percent of participants said they were happy the NBA wasn’t moving back to Seattle.

The 33 percent was similar to a poll in 2012 showing 31 percent of residents “strongly favored” bringing the NBA back to Seattle.

Stuart Elway of the polling group said while there’s loud support for bringing the team back to Seattle, a majority of county residents would rather see public money and interests go elsewhere.

“But for most people, public money has always been the big issue,” Elway said.

Pollsters contacted 401 King County residents from May 28 to 30. According to the Times, the polls margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.


12 Comments to “No NBA in Seattle? Who cares?”

    Paul Nimmo said:
    June 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The more important question is "why should we care?". The NBA has basically snubbed Seattle, allowing at first a very unpopular move to occur by supporting the right of an owner to move a team then when the situation occurs again, put every road block to prevent another person that could afford a team because he wanted to exercise that same right.

    NBA management and ownership needs to be ashamed and put back in their place.

      justme said:
      June 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      No the most important thing is that the citizens would have been the one paying the price through taxes for the rich mans game of owning an NBA team in Seattle. People of Seattle, King and Pierce County, as well as the whole state should count their blessings that the team didn't come back. What the politicians and "would be owners" failed to put out there to the public is the amount that they would have had to kick in, not only upfront but for many years, in the form of taxes… It all comes down to money, and even the biggest fans don't want to be gouged and taxed.

    Skip said:
    June 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    There are a lot of college and pro sports teams here already.

    Jason said:
    June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    What was the sample size of the poll?

      justme said:
      June 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      read the whole article dork…

      "Pollsters contacted 401 King County residents from May 28 to 30"

        Payton said:
        June 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    Carl Constantine said:
    June 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I am somewhat relieved that there will not be another place in Seattle charging $6.00 for a hot dog and $8.00 for a beer… Add that to the possibility of another Mercer Type Mess that will last for decades and who needs another headache to contend with? It doesn't seem to bother people in Seattle in regards to traffic grid-lock, gas price gouging, and astronomical prices for sports tickets and food… You can count me out though. When I want to have fun, I go to Oregon.

    Bootlegger59 said:
    June 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Well, they're right……….WHO, really cares!!! The nba is nothing more than some ugly thugs running up and down a floor acting like they own the world. I think they suck!! IF, it were left up to me, there would be NO, nba in this country!! Make those slugs go to work, that is, if they know how! They can't even talk, much less work.

    guest said:
    June 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    if Hansen and his boys want basketball in Seattle, let THEM pay for it! in full!!!

    Skip said:
    June 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    In the great NW, people have lots of options for sports entertainment in the outdoors. Boating, kayaks, hiking, fishing, running, skiing and the list goes on. The NBA is on TV.

    Payton said:
    June 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Lol this article is hilarious. This only speaks for about 400 people. People who don't even know anything about the deal in place to build the arena in Seattle. Why are people against not only bringing a pro basketball team back? But also bringing in jobs and business in the SODO district? It makes no sense! Bringing a team back is gonna bring money to Seattle. Even if you don't like sports, it will bring world class concerts to the arena…which we can't have in the Key Arena currently. It will bring in a possible political convention! People just don't understand. This is more than basketball.

    chris said:
    June 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Or the fact that the Henson group was paying for the building out of his own money and not tax payer dollars and that after they left polls were takin and about half the city was affected by the teams move

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