News story posted 6/5/2012, dateline Oklahoma City.
I wonder if any of our councilmembers are aware that the a team that used to be called the Sonics is paying off for another city, â€œThe direct spending associated with the attendance of the games is in excess of $50 million.â€
OKC Thunder playoffs boosting localÂ economy
Charles Stout, co-owner of Bricktown Brewery, said, â€œEvery time the playoffs come, we see the dollar impact right away.â€
Stout said this year, profits from the playoffs have been overflowing like his beer.
â€œPeople are staying longer and more people are coming out so without a doubt it has an impact 5, 6 or 10 fold,â€ Stout said.
Tom Anderson, Special Projects Manager with Oklahoma City, said the Thunder is major business.
Destination Marketing Association International estimates every in-town person spends about $65 on game days and out-of-towners, or a person who travels over 60 miles, spends about $216.
A real reason non-sports fans should be mad.