Science has crunched the numbers, folks. And it would appear that the

Science has crunched the numbers, folks. And it would appear that the city of Seattle is in fact quite capable of supporting an NBA team. Who knew?We’re waiting patiently by the phones for an apology from Clay Bennett and Howard Schultz . . . The revelation, as reported by The Puget Sound Business Journal, comes from a team of researchers from On Numbers–a research service run by American City Business Journals.The researchers found that 22 U.S. and Canadian teams are financially capable of supporting an NBA team. They came to this conclusion by measuring the Total Personal Income (TPI) of each city’s residents. Apparently $34.2 billion in TPI is the threshold for whether a city is NBA-ready.Seattle’s TPI is a whopping $176.1 billion. And after taking out the cash required to support our professional football, baseball, and soccer teams, there is still a healthy $38.6 billion for basketball.While Schultz and Bennett still haven’t gotten back to us with that apology, SonicsGate producer and friend of the Weekly Adam Brown is more than happy to weigh in.”Seattle proved it is a viable market for the NBA by supporting our championship Seattle SuperSonics for 41 years, setting attendance records and breaking decibel meters during so many playoff runs,” Brown writes to Seattle Weekly. “These new numbers confirm what we already knew, and it motivates us to work even harder to restore Seattle’s basketball legacy. When you look at the history of fan support, on-court success, legendary players, and homegrown professional NBA talent, you could easily argue that Seattle is the best basketball city in the country. Fans here are hungry for the Sonics to return, and we see it every day as Sonicsgate continues to reach new people. We will continue leading the charge to bring back our Seattle SuperSonics.”We know you will, gents.Follow The Daily Weekly on Facebook and Twitter.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

More in News & Comment

Patti Cole-Tindall (Courtesy of King County)
Patti Cole-Tindall is officially confirmed as the new King County Sheriff

After serving as the interim sheriff since January, the King County Council… Continue reading

World War II veterans in Auburn, Wash. File photo
Washington ranks 7th among states for number of World War II veterans

12,364 WWII veterans are living in the state, with a total population of 517,912 military veterans.

Photo of promotional recruitment banner used by Auburn Police Department at Petpalooza. The banner features Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson, who is awaiting trial for the 2019 murder and assault of Jesse Sarey. Photo courtesy of Jeff Trimble
Auburn police use photo of embattled officer on recruitment banner

Families of people killed by Jeffrey Nelson, who’s awaiting trial for murder, speak out over use of his photo at Petpalooza.

Use your King County library card to explore the outdoors

KCLS cardholders can check out a Discover Pass for two weeks to explore public lands.

Monkeypox virus. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.
King County identifies first presumptive monkeypox case

The illness is not as easily transmitted compared to COVID-19, according to health officer.

This screenshot from Auburn Police Department bodycam footage shows an officer about to fire his weapon and kill dog on May 13, 2022.
Auburn police shoot dog, and owner claims it wasn’t justified

See videos of attack as well as bodycam footage of officer firing at dog.

File photo.
King County Council approves creation of Cannabis Safety Taskforce amid rash of dispensary robberies

The multi-agency task force will cooperate to find ways to improve safety in the cash-only industry.

Screenshot from ORCA website
New ORCA system launches for regional transit across the Puget Sound

Overhaul includes new website, mobile application and digital business account manager.

Most Read