The Bee's double standard regarding sports arenas

08/14/2014 10:08 AM

08/15/2014 6:05 PM

Re "Private money should build Sacramento Republic FC soccer stadium" (Editorial, Aug. 14): The Bee's civic and economic double standard is painfully obvious in today's editorial about funding a professional soccer stadium.

Private stadium financing is commendable in every instance, yet The Bee believes our taxes must support an arena built by and for billionaires, hosting events priced out of the reach of most local working families.

The economic make-up of local sports participants and community soccer supporters cannot match the economic wherewithal of the owners of the Kings et al., yet the Bee posits, as a mater of fiat, that the soccer stadium should not receive any public funding.

Average sports households are told they must bear the cost of a facility that will host events within all their economic reach, yet it is fine for our taxes to be thrown at billionaires housing events few will be able to afford.

Amazing, isn't it?

-- James F. Spagnole, Sacramento

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