Earlier on this blog the question was raised about what sort of economic impact was being projected for the Oklahoma City area if the Supersonics moved there. A partial answer to that question is found at bigleaguecity.com. Don’t you just love the web site name?!
I wonder how the consultants explain the job creation figures. Note that in 2006-07 there were 37 games and direct and indirect jobs created of 289, but in 2005-06 there were 38 games but 229 direct and indirect jobs created. In other words, according to this report, playing one fewer game in OKC in 2006-07 than in 2005-06 brought the city 60 jobs.
It is also interesting that per game attendance fell by 3650 from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Seems like the novelty of having a team wore off pretty quickly.