The 2013 America’s Cup 2013 is a Lie – This Empty “Village” Shows Why Mayor Ed Lee is So Furious

I understand that Mayor Ed Lee has a cheerleading function as a part of his job. Fine.

But what’s this? What the Hell?

“We expect to have some 500,000 people on a daily basis…” 

Take a look on the YouTube, at around 9:30 and, mind you, this is AFTER everything blew up and people started realizing that the 2013 America’s Cup won’t be anywhere near as popular as advertised:

So, does Ed Lee actually believe that there’s a chance that the America’s Cup will attract anything close to a half million people “on a daily basis?”

No he does not.

So why did he say it?

Mmmm…

Anyway, here’s the so-called village on a day when it was supposed to full of so-called America’s Cup fans:

Word around City Hall is that befuddled Mayor Ed Lee, our very own Mr. Magoo, is a little peeved with Larry Ellison and the AC crew.

(Not that Ed Lee or his longtime minion and spokesmodel Christine Falvey would ever admit to there being the slightest problem with anything Ed Lee has ever done or been told to do by Willie Brown or Gavin Newsom or Rose Pak. To wit, Ed Lee’s failed “stop and frisk” proposals from last year. That one was just another feather in Ed Lee’s cap, per CF)

Oh well.

Now, what the heck is  America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay?Is it the “Independent Study” what everybody cites as proof of how great the AC is going to be?

I think it is!

Let’s take a look at the first line:

“The America’s Cup is the world’s third-largest sporting competition, after the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.”

Here it is in the flesh:

So, let’s think about this here. I guess the bullshit Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) organization is allowing that the Summer Olympics and the World Cup just might possibly be bigger than an America’s Cup. But what about the Winter Olympics? Oh, and what about the Super Bowl?

Who actually believes that the America’s Cup, that thing that NBC needs to be paid in order to broadcast, is actually going to be bigger than a Super Bowl?

Nobody.

Not even the cheerleaders.

So why do they say these kinds of things?

All right here’s one more thing from the messed-up study what’s going to cost the taxpayers of San Francisco tens of millions of dollars. It discusses, and I’m srlsy, the “fleet of super yachts” what are going to be attracted to the bay area due to the America’s Cup, and then it talks about how much money we’re going to make by gassing them up and Windexing the shiny parts and stuff like that.

I’m srsly.

These cheerleaders are members of a modern day Cargo Cult and we’re all along for the ride.

Why are we funding Larry Ellison’s ego trip of a boat race?

To review, IRL:

The world’s most popular sport may be soccer, but in cold, hard dollars, nobody throws a party like the National Football League.

• 1. Super Bowl

• 2. Summer Olympics

• 3. FIFA World Cup

• 4. Daytona 500

• 5. Rose Bowl

• 6. NCAA Men’s Final Four

• 7. Winter Olympics Games

• 8. Kentucky Derby

• 9. World Series

• 10. NBA Finals”

The America’s Cup, you will note, is not on this list.

Oh well.

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4 Responses to “The 2013 America’s Cup 2013 is a Lie – This Empty “Village” Shows Why Mayor Ed Lee is So Furious”

  1. TinyTim says:

    Do politicians, such as the BOS, ever scrutinize the details of event plans and supposed economic benefits? Why do people take on face value that an event will bring $xx millions of dollars to a city? Aren’t hotel bookings, for example, already pretty high in the summer, so that event attenders would only be occupying rooms that would simply go to other visitors if there were no such events? And who primarily benefits?–the same old chains (hotels, restaurants, clothing stores?).
    Who are these people who constantly issue rosy forecasts of event benefits? How does a typical dollar filter down to workers or to government coffers? Who asks the hard questions? Enquiring minds need to know.

  2. Bobby says:

    I find it hard to believe that “most popular sports” list is remotely accurate. For a start something like the Wimbledon final would have far, far more global viewers than the Superbowl… Unless they enlist some fancy cumulative counting method where every news item or snippet is counter in the viewership.

    That said – it’s obvious the America’s Cup isn’t highly rated in the scheme of global sports viewership.

  3. Jim Rhodes says:

    Yeah true, but 40 million dollar sailboats that go 40 knots and oracle is the defender … Kinda a no brainier to put you best foot forward..

  4. Jim Rhodes says:

    Oh and they ride on hydro foils.. Totally green.. Except like lithium ion batteries.. In your Eco car..don’t do we’ll in a land fill..

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