The writers of the Sacramento-based www.CalWatchdog.com have long criticized Sacramento’s political, business, and community leaders for spending so much time, effort, and money in trying to keep the city hosting its one major league professional sports team, the Kings of the National Basketball Association.
They especially detest the apparently sincere ambition reflected in public relations campaigns (such as Think Big Sacramento – Defining a World Class City) to define Sacramento as a “world-class city” because it has a professional sports team.
Some people agree: there is a Facebook page Ban The Phrase “World Class City” in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee has published some nasty letters to the editor mocking the world-class dream. (Arena Bust Ends Search For World Class City Status; Teams Do Not Make A City World Class). And in yet another excellent example of how the anti-Establishment Left and Right can meet, Sacramento News & Review political reporter and commentator Cosmo Garvin makes the same observation in his December 23, 2010 column Spurn a Phrase.
A major league professional sports team surely brings intangible marketing and community benefits to a city, and there’s nothing wrong with pointing that out. But civic leaders compromised the credibility of their message with their silly talk about Sacramento as a World Class City.
Be honest with yourself and others: good advice for Sacramento, as well as Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Riverside, San Bernardino, and other California inland cities coveting the glitter of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Sacramento “World-Class?” Not with Burdens on Business – originally in the Sacramento Bee – October 19, 2009
- Sacramento: “World Class” or Cowtown? – www.CalWatchdog.com – November 9, 2010
- Kings Or Not, Sacto Can’t Be “World Class” – www.CalWatchdog.com – February 28, 2011
- Pols Build Arena While Sacto Burns – www.CalWatchdog.com – March 7, 2012
- “World-Class” Sacramento Deal Dead – www.CalWatchdog.com – April 15, 2012
- Sacramento Is Fresh Victim of Bad Stadium Deals – www.bloomberg.com – April 16, 2012
- Cities Don’t Win in Stadium Deals – Sacramento Bee – April 17, 2012
- Sacramento Arena Deal; Still Beating a Dead Horse – www.CalWatchdog.com – January 22, 2013