Depending on how one chooses to look at it, the Kings are staying in Sacramento, or the Sonics are not coming back to Seattle. Either way, the local response to the National Basketball Association’s decision seems to be a lackluster, “Meh.”
Northwest public opinion guru Stuart Elway found a combination of indifference and no opinion that totaled 55 percent in a new survey. Those who were mildly disappointed or really bummed represented one-third of the respondents. That is not much of a base on which to build a political clamor for a new arena.
The 401 King County residents polled broke out this way: 51 percent did not care, four percent had no opinion, and 12 percent were glad the NBA was not returning to Seattle. Of the remainder, 18 percent were very disappointed and 15 percent were mildly disappointed.
More than two-thirds of those asked their opinion did not give a rip, or were actually pleased the pursuit of a team failed.
Fans are crushed, and politicians have to wonder what they are getting into with the public when they step out in front of a proposal to help build a home for basketball.