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Tag: Sonics

Urban Politics #226: County Support for Sonic Subsidy

January 4th, 2007

Today I released the results of a poll of King County residents about tax subsidies for sports teams. With the Washington State Legislature set to convene on January 8, the Seattle Sonics basketball team is preparing to ask state Legislators for hundreds of millions in subsidies for a sports arena in Bellevue or Renton.

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Urban Politics #217: Sonics Sold, Now What?

July 28th, 2006

The Sonics sale to an out-of-state business group caused a huge flurry in the media and the public. However, the question remains as to whether the Sonics will move now that the new owners are from Oklahoma City and that city built a new arena for the purpose of securing a NBA team. Their arena is currently occupied by the NBA team The Hornets. However they are officially based in New Orleans and are expected to return to their home town possibly as soon as the end of the next season. That would leave Oklahoma City without a NBA tenant.

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Urban Politics #214: A Proposal for the Seattle Center, Arts, Arts Education and Tourism

May 3rd, 2006

This proposal is a State Legislative financial package that does not subsidize the Seattle Sonics, but does allow them to use the Key Arena in a profitable manner by eliminating the current outstanding debt on that facility. It does not provide the Sonics with, as they have requested, a new facility.

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Urban Politics #210: The Sonics & Your Tax Dollars

February 9th, 2006

The State Legislature is currently considering two bills, House Bill 3233 and Senate Bill 6849, which will open the door for the Sonics to receive over $240 million in public subsidies.

These bills do not mention the Sonics in their titles, although their attorneys helped craft them. The titles simply state that local taxes will be extended to fund arts and cultural institutions and programs, tourism promotion and publicly owned sports and entertainment facilities. They also do not require a public vote to extend and divert taxes currently being collected for the baseball and football stadiums. Public votes were taken regarding the public funding of the baseball and football stadiums.

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