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Old 04-30-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Could Seattle even support an NBA team? Lol. They barely support the teams they have now. The Mariners are among the lowest 5 teams in attendance in the MLB. The Seahawks are average in attendance at best.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Could Seattle even support an NBA team? Lol. They barely support the teams they have now. The Mariners are among the lowest 5 teams in attendance in the MLB. The Seahawks are average in attendance at best.
The Seahawks stadium has a capacity just shy of 68000 people. When filled to 100% capacity (which it usually is), it puts Seattle middle of the pack in the NFL attendance wise, you know, because because their stadium is smaller. In terms of available seats sold, Seattle was top 5 in the NFL last year.

Isn't there a sports forum?
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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Could Seattle even support an NBA team? Lol. They barely support the teams they have now. The Mariners are among the lowest 5 teams in attendance in the MLB. The Seahawks are average in attendance at best.
Could Seattle even support an NBA team? They supported one for over thirty years, before Clay Bennett decided he wanted a team in his hometown of Oklahomo City--and lied that he'd try to keep the team in Seattle after purchasing them. The only reason he could justify it at the time was that Key Arena was outdated.

And the Seahawks sellout every game--they have a 67,000 stadium which is smaller than somewhere like Dallas or New York(New Jersey), but it's about the same size as Philadelphia and has similar attendance figures.

2012 NFL Football Attendance - National Football League - ESPN

The Mariners do suck though--at the same time there are plenty of MLB franchises in larger metros with nice ballparks that get crap attendance figures as well.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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The Seattle Supersonics throwback Jersey was a hot commodity back in the day. I'd love to see a team back there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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Could Seattle even support an NBA team? Lol. They barely support the teams they have now. The Mariners are among the lowest 5 teams in attendance in the MLB. The Seahawks are average in attendance at best.
There is plenty of disposable income in Seattle so, yeah Seattle can support the NBA. It has more to do with whether or not the people of Seattle want the NBA. They support the NFL and MLS just as well, if not better, than other markets. When the Mariners are doing well, they show strong support for them too. IMO, the NBA needs Seattle more than Seattle needs the NBA.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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Actually they could SeaHawks average 67,000 a game and the Seattle Sounders have the highest attendance in the whole league last year they averaged 39,000 per a game. Compared to the Sacramento Kings average Attendace 13,000 the lowest in the whole NBA . Good luck to Sacremento. I really hope they follow through and finance the new stadium with half tax payer money like the submited stadium plan by the city. They dont have a large fan base to support a 400million dollar stadium with out subsidizing it . What will this say to future NBA investors like the Malloof family who own the Kings and are losing lots of money every season in an financely unstable team with a small fan base. If the tax payers refuse to finance the 710 million in tax deductions, Donated property and 574 million to pay of the bonds the Maloofs will be at square one again with a investment thats losing money every year. NBA will become a unstable investment for investors . Everytime a team loses fanbase do to economy or shrinking population and starts losing money the investors should be able to protect there investment. Even if Sacramento does follow through and the kings become a subsidized team with taxpayer money they still lose 50 million dollars Hansens had offered 50 million dollars more for the team I would be a sour Investor losing 50 million dollars. And to boot if the team does not increase there attendace by four times, the city taxpayers will be resposible for the city bonds paying for the stadium every Sacramento taxpayer will be on the hook for 1478 dollars. But I do hope the best to Sacramento good luck. Seattle can pursue other teams.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Seattle could support a team. I remember back in the late 90s, Key Arena had a reputation as being one of the loudest arenas in the league. I don't think fan support would be a problem one bit.

I'd like to see the Supersonics make a comeback. Their dark green unis in the 90s were awesome imo.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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There is plenty of disposable income in Seattle so, yeah Seattle can support the NBA. It has more to do with whether or not the people of Seattle want the NBA. They support the NFL and MLS just as well, if not better, than other markets. When the Mariners are doing well, they show strong support for them too. IMO, the NBA needs Seattle more than Seattle needs the NBA.
Sure they support the Seahawks, but the not the Mariners. Their 2012 average attendance was 21,258 and Safeco's capacity is 47,116.

Seattle Mariners - Stadium
2012 MLB Attendance - Major League Baseball - ESPN

The Mariner's are the lowest 5 in attendance, and are continuing that trend this year. I don't think it would be wise to move an NBA team to a city that doesn't support the teams it has. (Well okay, it supports the Seahawks, but not the Mariner's)
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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Sure they support the Seahawks, but the not the Mariners. Their 2012 average attendance was 21,258 and Safeco's capacity is 47,116.

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2012 MLB Attendance - Major League Baseball - ESPN

The Mariner's are the lowest 5 in attendance, and are continuing that trend this year. I don't think it would be wise to move an NBA team to a city that doesn't support the teams it has. (Well okay, it supports the Seahawks, but not the Mariner's)
That is comparing apples to oranges. Baseball has horrible attendance in many cities, especially when the team stinks as badly as the Mariners do most of the time. Basketball is often a different fan base, a different atmosphere, a more involved type of sport for whatever reason (maybe the smaller arenas they plan in?) Seattle is a major metro that has more than enough people and money to support an NBA team. During this whole run-up to the Sacramento Kings decision a website was set up for people to reserve Seattle Sonics season tickets in anticipation of the team moving- over 40,000 were reserved, that would sell out the new arena twice with just season ticket holders!
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