Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Warriors: What's wrong with Oakland?

Letter to the editor in today's SF Chronicle:

Remind me why the Warriors' owners are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to leave Oakland and build a new arena in San Francisco? Hasn't just about every home game this year sold out? Won't the new arena be much harder to get to for the current fan base? It's not near a BART station and has much less parking.

Also, won't traffic before and after the games be a mess on San Francisco streets? And I'm guessing ticket prices will go up. So what's the benefit to current fans?

Steve Ladd

Rob's comment:

Benefiting the fans is not the idea. The Warriors' owners are the kind of guys that will never have enough money or enough balm for their egos. Traffic jams are only a minor consideration to them. More important: The new stadium will have more luxury boxes and make a lot more money---and they will own it. Lacob, a young version of Donald Trump, seems to think it's all about him, though he's not quite old enough to adopt the Trump comb-over. Lacob's public profile is too high and too obnoxious. His recent suggestion that Mark Jackson's job is in jeopardy was particularly offensive, since Jackson is doing a much better job as coach than Lacob is doing as an owner. The ass-kissing interviews of Lacob by local sportscasters are particularly nauseating. I miss Franklin Meuli. He went to all the games, but he had the good sense to spare us the non-stop public posturing and content-lite interviews.

Field of Schemes is good on stadium deals. A commenter to the Schemes story on the latest Warriors' stadium news points out a potential benefit of the new stadium location: also appears to have already put a significant damper on the SF Board of Supervisors long term idiotic plan to demolish Interstate 280 in that area. With 2 major sports venues off that freeway stub now it would be insane to do so now. The Warriors have quite literally saved the city from their own insane leadership.

Actually, you can't blame this dumb idea on the supervisors. Mayor Lee is the main culprit/supporter of the tearing-down-280 idea, along with the anti-car bike nuts at Streetsblog, and the usual "good government" suspects at SPUR and the Planning Department.

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