With any luck, we’re in the final days of an era where headlines trumpet the sexual orientation of major professional athletes. For now, the story of Michael Sam – the NFL prospect who announced he is gay – has dominated the news and raged across social media.
Sacramento Republic FC won’t play its first game until late March, but it’s already winning. The fledgling minor-league soccer outfit with dreams of growing into a Major League Soccer franchise took another step in that direction Thursday by joining forces with two MLS teams, the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers.
It’s not sexy to talk about a weak local economy as a vital regional issue. It’s much easier to scream about whether citizens should vote on a downtown arena for the Kings.
Just down the street from where Sacramento is planning a new arena and entertainment to house the Kings, developers Richard Rich and John Leonard hope to be at the forefront of a new era in downtown Sacramento. They say their buildings proximity to the new arena and surrounding development has had a big impact on their plans.
Sean Johnson will march in Sacramento’s Veterans Day Parade after reconciling military service with being gay.
The new Kings owners have briefed city officials of their ideas of an arena as a public building that would be characteristic of how we inhabit space in Sacramento.
A refashioned City Council will likely do what past councils would not put the strong-mayor issue on the ballot for Sacramento voters to decide.
As publicity stunts go, this one achieved maximum impact: Shaquille ONeal blew into town as the unlikeliest of new Kings owners a jaw dropper since ONeal was the rival player most responsible for preventing a Kings championship a decade ago. He also infamously coined the phrase Sacramento Queens to mock the local team. But on Tuesday, ONeal had attracted one of the best attended news conferences in recent memory and hoisted the first lady of California over his head.