A new arena south of CenturyLink Field?
Potential NBA and NHL franchises alongside the current Seattle Seahawks and Mariners?
None of that would be a problem for the Sounders, according to majority owner Joe Roth.
“I think it’s great,” Roth said in a recent interview. “I don’t think the traffic (around the new arena would be an issue). It would have less effect on us, frankly, than the Mariners just because of the number of games. But this city should have a basketball team. I was around when that thing went down. I don’t think it was the NBA’s finest hour.”
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This week, the Seattle City Council approved a financing plan that could result in the creation of a $490 million arena in the Sodo district, a potential new home for NBA and NHL teams.
The owner of the Edmonton Oilers, who is seeking a new hockey arena in Alberta, even visited Seattle this week.
In Roth’s view, the region has the fans and potential sponsors to support professional teams in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer.
“I think the TV deals, there’s a way to make that all work together where there’s an advantage to it,” he said. “Sponsorships? Sure, it’ll be competitive; but most of the time the sponsors that we have, they stick around. … It’s a great sports town.”