Re "Bee's arena stories: Fair?" (Joyce Terhaar, Forum, Aug. 25): Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar writes to ask (rhetorically) whether The Bee's arena coverage was "fair" and proceeds to focus on such minutiae that one can't help but be dazzled by the detailed "fairness" of the coverage.
Focusing on trees, however, she omits the forest. Regardless of Sacramento's level of interest in basketball, why ask Sacramento to subsidize an arena without getting a controlling interest in the team? Couldn't the Kings threaten to leave again, and extort yet another arena?
And why no mention of the subsidy implicit in the antitrust exemption that allows sports teams to practice this kind of extortion? The City of London has 13 soccer teams but rewards none with stadium subsidies if they threaten to leave. And if this stadium is such a good idea, regardless of who funds the initiative, why is voting about it so resisted by its proponents?
-- Mark Dempsey, Orangevale