Hey, '49ers: Hasta la Vista!
November 9, 2006
Pro sports fans - and detractors - we're not alone! Don't feel
bad because one of our teams is in the luggage-packing stage.
Pro Sports Angst is everywhere.
We first felt it when the Giants were going to move. Then, the
Oakland Raiders were the Los Angeles Raiders, and then the Oakland
Illegal voting practices in select neighborhoods were going to
ensure a retail-sports complex at Candlestick. One of our very
own precious investigative reporters is threatened with jail after
exposing the steroidal baseball players scandal.
The A's are looking to leave for Fremont. The law-breaking ways
of highly-paid athletes around the country is a card catalogue
So what are the nation's fans doing about these pro sports meltdowns?
Sacramento voters just killed off a sales tax measure to fund
a new arena for their basketball team. New Yorkers are furious
with their civic leaders for sacrificing the venerable Yankee
Stadium in The Bronx this year.
But most interesting is the revolt in Seattle. After imploding
one stadium and building two new ones near the precious waterfront,
voters were simply told to pony up for a nicer downtown arena
or lose their beloved Sonics basketball team. Instantly a web
site went up: FineThenLeave.com. It's not around anymore because
it's no longer necessary: On Tuesday, voters handily passed an
initiative to prohibit tax money from subsidizing sports teams,
unless a certain profit is involved.
Screen shot from former website www.finethenleave.com
The fear of losing a 2016 Olympics bid doesn't seem to concern
San Franciscans who don't like the financial and terrorist risks.
And now that the '49ers aren't playing anywhere near their historic
highs, it might be the perfect time to say
Back when sports were fun and cheap: a parking lot souvenir from
Photo courtesy Thomas Gehring
Glamorous Candlestick under construction, circa 1960
Photo courtesy San Francisco Public Library, Historic Photos
setting sights for lovely Fremont, California.
Browns? Baltimore Browns? The Whatever Browns?
leaders - not fans - try to make sense of Seattle Sonics' looming
San Francisco, was it ever about the love of the game? Or just
the love of the dollars?
49ers site, with plan for new stadium.
desperate fans, one last source for sports; no doping, no fancy
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