Should OKC pay for a billion dollar arena? Let’s talk about it

Should OKC pay for a billion dollar arena? Let’s talk about it

Heard Thundering: Jenni Carlson joins Brett Dawson to talk about the rewards and risks behind OKC's new arena proposal.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Sep 21, 2023, 7:00am CDT

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Sep 21, 2023, 7:00am CDT

Let’s talk about arenas. We’re going to do that a lot around here in the coming months (and probably years). If you listen to economists — and I’ve done that some this week — they’ll tell you that taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for billionaires when it comes to building state-of-the-art arenas. But there’s a value beyond the financial for cities. There’s civic pride and team spirit, and these days losing a team is a real threat to markets unwilling to build. The Thunder aren’t threatening to leave OKC, but that doesn’t mean other cities won’t come calling. What to make of it all? My Sellout Crowd colleague Jenni Carlson joins me to try. 

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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