The Sacramento Republic FC drew 22,000 fans to their very first home game. The Kings aren't the only game in town anymore. When a semi-pro soccer team can outdraw a barely-pro basketball team, you have to wonder how well the Kings will compete with the Republic. Sure, some of the Republic's fans are not Kings fans, or can't afford Kings tickets and arena concessions prices. But we should be concerned about how much money the Republic will draw away from the Kings, the ESC, and downtown parking revenues. I expect attendance at Republic games to continue to bury the Kings attendance because Republic ticket prices are more reasonable and the whole Republic experience is more Sacramento than the spoiled millionaire Kings players, billionaire franchise owners, and the high-tech, over-hyped ESC will ever be.
-- Jan Bergeron, Sacramento