Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 19, 2008 11:58 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
At this point in the trial, we have the battle of the economists.
The Sonics began their case with Associate Professor Brad Humphreys who teaches at the University of Alberta in Canada.
Humphreys is refuting earlier claims by economists Lon Hatamiya and Andrew Zimbalist who were called by the city. Humphreys said his theories are widely accepted by other economists.
When Sonics attorney Paul Taylor asked if the departure of a professional franchise would have an impact on that city or its economy, Humphreys said: "It won't have an impact on Seattle's economy. It will only re-distribute spending."
Taylor asked what happens to the money spent on the Sonics.
"It will be spent somewhere else in the Seattle area," Humphreys said. "They won't be going to KeyArena. They wont be going to games ... they'll spend it on some other alternative activity."
Taylor concluded his questioning and Seattle attorney Paul Lawrence began cross-examination.
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