Fred Williams

Secrecy shrouds Faulconer’s SoccerCity favors

Is there any doubt San Diego is on the path to yet another expensive lesson on the economics of sports shows? By manipulating information and access, and with the eager assistance of TV news, the UT, and boosters, the oligarchs with suck money from the city coffers directly into their own pockets. Anyone opposing the theft is labeled "obstructionist". ...and in twenty years, another massive hole in the accounts of the city must be backfilled with tax payer money, further reducing services and safety for the public. That's exactly what happened with the stadium and ballpark in the late nineties. You can draw a direct line to today's infrastructure and retirement deficits to John Moores, Jack McGrory, Susan Golding and subsequent mayors putting sports before the public good, and turning a blind eye to blatant corruption. Literally, Jack and Susan stopped paying into the pension fund to give the money to John Moores, issued flawed ballpark bonds, and vilified anyone who called their scam into question. (Jack McGrory, former City Manager who prostituted himself to John Moores was quoted in the UT calling me an "urban terrorist" for saying, in council chambers during public comment, that he was corrupt...I wish he had sued me for libel so I could have shown the evidence to a judge, the coward!) The bright smile with a hand up his throat who passes for mayor today is following this shameful tradition. Now it's soccer that's going to lift the city to the stars, while tunneling away the subterranean foundations of future prosperity and eroding democracy. So predictable, so sad, and so on, and on, ad nauseum.
— March 10, 2017 9:54 p.m.

Could Major League Soccer kick the city where it counts?

Imagine a university that invested in education instead of sports shows. Imagine a city that didn't waste tax money subsidizing sports shows. Imagine a country that didn't divert attention and assert nationalism through sports shows. Sports shows make people stupid, complacent, and easy to manipulate. That's why serial con men like John Moores buy them, trading on the misguided love of the plebes for a team to mask a grand scale robbery of the public. Sports shows distract from important issues, and provide a convenient source of shock troops. Oppose a stadium give away and you'll have burly groups of fans threatening you online and in person. Every fascist movement in history has had the rabid support of sports fans in the vanguard of their most violent mobs. A nation than pours money, prestige and attention to sports shows is squandering opportunities, deluding itself with self-congratulatory propagandist slogans, and dooming a too large percentage of its young people to life long injuries in the name of entertaining the fans. Sports shows, games, school subverting entertainments that rely on abusing the bodies of young men to entertain businessmen and sell beer...are no more moral than strip clubs. But at least in strip clubs the entertainers are more likely to finish their education and be functionally literate than the average college football scholarship-serf. San Diego had reason to be proud, rejecting the extortion of the Spanos clan. For the so-called leaders of the city to to immediately rush into throwing more money at more sports shows is shameful.
— March 10, 2017 5:58 a.m.

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