In 1976, the ‘Jet City’ of Seattle, Washington was awarded an NFL expansion franchise. The Seattle Seahawks were the city’s second professional team following the NBA Seattle Supersonics (1967) and followed by the MLB Seattle Mariners (1977). The Seahawks would share the Kingdome with the Mariners for the first 23 years of their existence. Like most expansion teams, there was little success in the early years of the franchise. In their first season in the league, the Seahawks finished 2-12.
The Seahawks would make the playoffs for the first time in 1983 and win their first divisional title in 1988. Overall, they were a decidedly mediocre team until the mid-2000s. Seattle does have the distinction of being the only NFL team of the post merger era (1970) to switch conferences twice. They began play in the NFC but moved to the AFC the following year as part of the franchise agreement. They would remain in the AFC West until 2001 when they switched *back* to the NFC. As a result of these moves, the team is the answer to another trivia question–they’re the only NFL franchise in history to play in both the NFC and AFC Championship Games.
In 1994, the Seahawks team had to move games to Husky Stadium at the University of Washington after a large acoustic tile fell from the Kingdome ceiling. The team made boneheaded personnel decisions and drafted poorly seemingly every year. They were in bad shape on and off the field. The Seahawks made the playoffs only once in the decade of the 90’s (1999) and after a 13-year postseason drought. A bigger problem was off the field–the team was hemorrhaging money and briefly entered bankruptcy. In theory, it makes sense to have an indoor stadium for outdoor sports in the rainy Pacific Northwest but the Kingdome was a horrible place for playing and watching both football and baseball.
Things looked bleak in 1996 when owner Ken Behring announced his plan to relocate the franchise to Los Angeles. He claimed safety concerns with the Kingdome were justification for breaking the team’s lease with King County, which ran through 2005. Behring went as far as to relocate the team’s business operations to Orange County as he tried to extricate himself from the lease. No one was buying his story about the Kingdome being ‘seismically unstable’ and dangerous in the event of an earthquake. Seismologists found no validation for these claims and the fact he was moving to famously shaky Southern California further undermined his efforts.
In a particularly symbolic move given the revived economic fortunes of the region, the city’s tech industry stepped in as the savior of NFL football in Seattle. More specifically, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen agreed to buy the team contingent on a new stadium being built. Things would improve quickly under Allen’s ownership–the team moved into Century Link Field in 2002 and played in the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 2005. The biggest move was still to come as the Seahawks hired USC’s Pete Carroll as head coach in 2010. There were plenty of doubters about Carroll’s ability to coach in the NFL. After a couple of seasons of rebuilding, the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title in 2013.
The Seattle Seahawks are now defending Super Bowl champions and one of the most popular teams in the league. They’re frequently featured in national TV games but due to the NFL’s poor digital presence it’s not easy to watch Seattle Seahawks football games online. Fans can watch Seahawks video highlights on NFL.com and catch a Seahawks live radio stream from ESPN 710 AM or KIRO 97.3 FM. The NFL introduced an application for their ‘Sunday Ticket’ premium cable service that enabled viewing on smartphones and tablets, but it hasn’t been well received due to a clunky interface and buggy performance.
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