Former City Council member Judy Nicastro is on some strange new vision quest to bring the NBA back to Seattle. Strange because the other day in an interview with KUOW, she referred to "major league" basketball's "160 games," which even your sports-confused mother knows is how many they play in baseball (minus two).
Nicastro's main selling point for her proposed initiative, which would either renovate Key Arena or build a new stadium in Bellevue, is a poll from SurveyUSA which shows 72-percent of Seattleites in favor of a new NBA arena built without taxpayer money. Roughly the same percentage of four-year-olds who would answer "yes" to the question, "Would you like to receive free ice cream for life?" In other words, it's a daydream.
Even funnier though, is the reaction Seattleites had towards the idea of a new Sonics replacement.
When asked if they wanted a new team in Seattle, 41-percent said yes. A figure that becomes exponentially less impressive when you consider that a greater percentage -- 42 -- answered "I don't care."
Dig a little deeper and you get even more shoulder-shrugging: When asked how likely they'd be to go to an NBA game in Seattle, 19-percent said "very," while 31-percent said "not at all."
Contrast this "meh" attitude with Cleveland, which placed sixth on the list despite the fact that it just convinced a whole roomful of local luminaries -- including the governor -- to remix "We Are the World' (see amazing video evidence below) in an attempt to get Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James to stick around, and it's clear that some business magazines should stick to writing about business.