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Seattle Growth Podcast Extra: Impact of Arenas on Seattle’s Budget

UW professor behind recent arena public financial study on impact to city’s budget

Jeff Shulman (Seattle Growth Podcast)

Jeff Shulman of the Seattle Growth Podcast speaks with the University of Washington professor who led the recent public finance analysis comparing the SoDo Arena with the KeyArena redevelopment. He also talks with the city’s budget office director about the impact of growth and the arenas on the city’s budget in the future.


Seattle Growth Podcast

In its second season, the critically-acclaimed Seattle Growth Podcast tackles the impact of a potential return of the Sonics on the city. Host Jeff Shulman, associate professor in marketing at UW’s Foster School of Business, explores and discusses the economic and population growth of the city of Seattle.

The 11-episode journey hopes to offer perspective on the team’s and arena’s effects on real estate, traffic, taxes, employment, and the overall community. SGP speaks in-depth with residents, business owners, academic experts, city leaders & officials, as well as former Sonics players and owners to help inform the discussion.

We present the full series in an effort to educate citizens about the various issues surrounding the efforts to build a new arena and return the SuperSonics franchise to Seattle and the NBA.

Listen to Seattle Growth Podcast: Impact of a Sonics Return here


Seattle Growth Podcast Extra: City Budget, Growth, and the Arena

In this special episode, Shulman speaks with CBO director Ben Noble and UW professor Justin Marlowe about the effects of growth on the City of Seattle’s resources, the use of those resources, and the effect each choice of arena could have on the city’s budget going forward.

Explore more from Seattle Growth Podcast Extra: City Budget, Growth, and the Arena here.