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Seahawk home playoff games add to local economy


Last updated 12/14/2016 at Noon

The Seahawks didn’t win in Green Bay on Sunday, but Arizona lost in Miami.

That puts the Seahawks’ magic number at one. One Seahawks win or one Arizona loss will confirm the Seahawks as the Western Division champion in the NFC. That will guarantee one home game for the Seahawks in the playoffs.

The Hawks’ next game is Thursday, Dec. 15, at home against the Los Angeles Rams.

It doesn’t matter whether Seattle finishes as the No. 2, No. 3, or No. 4 seed. Each of those seeds will get one home game, and nobody is going to catch Dallas for the No. 1 seed.

The financial significance is that a home game brings revenue into the Seattle metropolitan area. Some estimates put the value of that home game at up to $10 million. Playoff dollars are the economic bonus of having a professional sports franchise. Regular season dollars are a wash, and don’t add to the local economy.

Seattle football fans are a little spoiled from the success of the franchise.

As an expansion team in the 1970s, it is reasonable to assume that Seattle would have lost more games that it has won. Historically, many football teams have lost more games than they have. Surprisingly to me, Seattle has won more games during its history than it has lost.

To date, Seattle has won 330 games, lost 317 and tied 1. Yes that tie earlier this year was the first in the history of the franchise.

Postseason has also been kind to Seattle.

It is true that Seattle has only won one of three Super Bowls in which the team has appeared, but Seattle has a winning record in the postseason. Seattle has won 15 postseason games and lost 14.

Of course, different officiating in Super Bowl XL would have added one more win and one less loss to the Seahawks’ record.

Since half the teams in the NFL have losing records over their franchise histories, Seattle fans should appreciate that Seattle has a winning record. Surprisingly, Seattle started quickly and had a winning record after the first decade of the franchise.

Then Ken Behring bought the team and the record deteriorated. During the Paul Allen era the Seahawks have a winning record, enduring only six losing seasons in 20 years, and reaching the Super Bowl three times.

Go Hawks.

Tim Raetzloff operates Abarim Business Computers at Harbor Square in Edmonds. What he writes combines his sense of history and his sense of numbers. Neither he nor Abarim have an investment in any of the companies mentioned in this column.


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