Sports and local funds

Many of us in the Northwest have sports on the mind today, understandably. Given that, I found a couple of local articles interesting and timely:

  • In a Seattle Times post, Jonathan Martin writes about the potential costs of the Super Bowl parade through downtown Seattle:

The Seahawks’ city-issued parade permit includes standard costs for traffic control, said Jeff Reading, Mayor Ed Murray’s spokesman. Costs above that – including a call-out of “every available police officer,” according to a city source – will be paid for by the Seahawks.

How much that will be is a secret, for now. Seattle police don’t disclose costs for big events in advance, for security reasons.

But it’s fair to guess it could be at least $340,000, which was the cost of the parade in Philadelphia after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The San Francisco Giants’ 2012 World Series parade cost the franchise an estimated $1 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • The Kent Reporter reports that the ShoWare Center, the arena owned by the city, lost $370,874 in 2013 — the best it has done in the five years it has been open.