Seattle Growth Podcast 2.10: Saviors of the Sonics?

In the nearly 10 years since the Seattle SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City, several people have worked tirelessly to bring the Sonics back home.

Episode 10 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 2, gets up-close and personal with two of these dynamos who have dedicated themselves to restoring Seattle to the league of cities playing host to NBA basketball.

Seattle-raised hedge fund manager Chris Hansen discusses his motivation for bringing back the Sonics and shares rare insights into his investment group’s proposed plans to build a sports arena and entertainment complex in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

Jeff Brown, a lifelong Sonics fan and leader of the “Bring Back Our Sonics” movement, shares why he continues to rally fans almost a decade after his beloved team departed.

Professor Shulman with Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.

Shulman reminds listeners that Sonic Boom Day is coming April 17, and encourages residents to contact the Seattle City Council to voice their opinions on whether they’d like to see the Sonics return and where they’d prefer an arena be developed.