Originally Posted by 9512
I will respectfully disagree.
Fans have to do their part. they must buy the tickets, the merchandise, hike up ratings...and contribute...by paying taxes for a stadium. (Houston, Orlando, San antonio and paid for their own stadium...why shouldn't Seattle?).
They voted 70% for I 91. Over 70% for funding stadiums only if it got economical return.
Nickels and the leaders of the city and state to blame too but Sonics fans should also look in the mirror because Initiative 91 was "bad policy" as Brian Robinson said in Sonicsgate and they voted for it.
Seattle fans want a team but don't want to pay for it. I am probably in the minority in this that Seattle should've chipped in for a new stadium. I think the NBA model is messed up and moving teams is a total dis-service to fans across the nation.
I am laughing bc back in the 90s casual fans were raving how awesome the Sonics were...Now the same fans I knew are now fiscal moralists who condemn public funding. They want their cake and eat it 2.
I would have liked city of Seattle to build a NBA arena before NFL or MLB, but that did not happen. People of Seattle care more about the Seahawks and Mariners than the Sonics. Can't do anything about it. The reason why the Seattle-ites should not get the blame is because they have paid for Safeco Field. Soon after that was completed, Qwest Field was built. Sales tax is high in Washington and was always high. 9.5% right now. You can't tell me that is not nuts. Think about it. If you would have lived here, another tax hike would make you pissed off. There was one for Safeco, one for Qwest, and if Seattle-ites complied with Clay Bennett's absurd proposal or I91, then the tax shoots up above an absurd 10% on non restaurant items.
Also, there are some casual fans in Seattle. There are those anywhere in the world. Problem is that NFL and MLB are much more popular than the NBA. I91 helps, but remember, the middle class fans usually attend games at Safeco and Qwest. The prices (parking, merchandise, etc) will hike up as well with I91. Middle class suffers.