Posts Tagged ‘FIASCO’

So the First Part of the America’s Cup is Almost Over and About 1000 People Have Watched It So Far?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Work with me here, this is a bus ad seen yesterday:

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Note that it doesn’t say “World Series race” or whatever. It says America’s Cup August 21st – 26th, 2012.

Was this thing broadcast on regular TV? I don’t think so. (Of course a small part of next year’s event will be on NBC, but only because NBC refused to pay a broadcast fee. San Francisco isn’t getting an event fee from Larry Ellison because he refused to pay one. And we’re on the hook for $30,000,000 to host this fiasco because why? Who approved this?)

Now there was live coverage on the Internet, but the worldwide audience was 195 souls when I checked during 2:00-4:00 PM prime-time yesterday. How many people have “crowded” the shore? A few hundreds?

And this is the start of the supposedly big event what’s supposedly bigger than all sporting events in the world bar the Summer Olympics and World Cup football? And this is the start of the supposedly big event what’s supposedly bigger than the Super Bowl and Euro soccer, you know, games where fans actually pay money to watch.

What if they gave an America’s Cup and nobody came? Because nobody cared.

Wouldn’t a renaissance festival in Golden Gate Park have a bigger “economic impact” than what we’re seeing from the America’s Cup? I think so.

Oh, but we won’t know because RPD, with its excessive fees for security guards / park rangers getting paid OT to sleep in their vehicles, chased the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire out of Golden Gate Park a few years back.

Why is the City Family so supportive of the America’s Cup and so against other types of events?

Oh, here we go, here’s a reporter actually reporting on the America’s Cup fiasco. (Note that this person works for the San Joser Mercury News…)

Oh, so per the SJMN, it was Louis Vuitton what insisted on absurdly-large catamarans for the America’s Cup 2013? Who allowed Louis Vuitton to be in charge of what happens in the 415?

True story: A few years back, a San Francisco Supervisor was telling people that God had San Francisco lose a Summer Olympics venue competition so that the America’s Cup 2013 could slot right in as a replacement. Yes, she thought that (well, anyway, she told people that she thought) Divine Providence was working through Larry Ellison to bring us AC34. I’m seriously.

Well, at least former Mayor Gavin Newsom was made Ambassador at Large or something, that’s kind of like being a real ambassador, I guess. But uh oh, this link doesn’t work anymore:

http://www.americascup.com/en/Latest/News/2011/1/Lieutenant-Governor-Newsom-to-Serve-As-Americas-Cup-Ambassador-at-Large/

Oh well.

Who’s to blame for this fiasco?

America’s Cup Confidential: “Team Korea” Has Exactly Zero Koreans On It – How Does That Make Any Sense?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Answer: It doesn’t.

Let’s meet the team – there’s a white boy, a white boy, a white boy, a white boy, and a white boy:

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Hey, why don’t they call themselves Team North Korea, cause, you know, that would be just as accurate.

Or, indeed, Team Kyrgyzstan, you know, whatever.

(There was an idea to have actual Koreans on Team Korea. First, it was going to be 30% Korean, and then 15% and then after those proposals got shot down we’re back to the original requirement of 0% Korean. And if you think China Team is Chinese, well…)

Oh what’s that, it’s where the boat was made is what counts? But isn’t this a spec race with all the boats basically the same?

The World Wonders.

Now, speaking of Team Korea, let’s check in:

You’ll note that this Tweet was “promoted” by purported Korean Mark Bulkeley, so that his banal message would go out to more than just his few dozen Followers. One could assume that one Markie B. was paying some hard-earned won or quid or whatever they use for money wherever he’s from or pretends he’s from, but he says he Tweets his unsolicited Tweets at no charge.

Perhaps the City and County of San Francisco is picking up the Tweeting bills of all the “professional sailors” involved in the America’s Cup scrimmage races?

Speaking of which, how much is each Sailor costing San Francisco taxpayers? About $100,000, $200,000 each? It’s like welfare for the “sailing community,” huh?

Speaking of which, isn’t the America’s Cup a big disappointment already? I think it is.

So it’s “NASCAR on the bay” complete with faked incidents for the cameras (like last year’s pitchpole near Alcatraz – that’s the first thing they show on the broadcast that nobody wants to pay for) and yet still nobody’s interested.

OK fine.

P.S. Nobody cares about anything related to the America’s Cup, you’ll see. They had a scrimmage down in San Diego not too long ago and nobody showed. Anyway, this whole deal is kind of a fraud. You’ll see.

Ready, Fire, Aim: Why Would San Francisco Cheerlead for the America’s Cup Before the Deal with Larry Ellison is Made?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Shouldn’t SFGov be trying to talk down the America’s Cup this week, you know, right before the final deal gets made? I think so.

You know, Larry Ellison’s lickspittle threatens to cancel the whole deal like every day. Has Mayor Ed Lee ever threatened that? I don’t think so. That’s part of the reason why this deal is skewed so much against future San Franciscans – our grandkids will end up paying for this coming debacle, it looks like.

Of course the Republican “Alliance for Jobs” and the unions are all for AC13, but it’s quite obvious already that this will be a bad deal for San Francisco.

There’ll be a “roundtable” cheerleading session at Pier 32 this AM, and then there’ll be this on Tuesday:

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Now, speaking of cheerleading…

The America’s Cup sailing races coming to San Francisco – starting this summer with the World Series races

UH, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES RACES, SORRY. THIS IS A SPORT BY THE 1% AND FOR THE 1%, RIGHT?

– is a very good thing for our city. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW? WE’LL BE PAYING FOR IT OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ISN’T IT KIND OF LIKE MORTGAGING OUR FUTURE, LIKE SPENDING OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S MONEY?

I say that as a San Francisco resident as well as part of the tourism community.

WELL, AS A SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENT AND A TOURIST INDUSTRY COMMUNITY NON-MEMBER, I’M CALLING BULLSHIT ON THIS WHOLE DEAL.

A major opportunity has been handed to us. 

OH, THE WAY GREECE WAS “HANDED” THE FAILED 2004 OLYMPICS?

Now is the time to get behind it and make the most of it, for now and the future of San Francisco.  Why?

ALL RIGHT, I’LL BITE WHY?

First of all, it’s going to be exciting. 

ABSOLUTELY WRONG. IT WILL BE LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, LIKE WATCHING GRASS GROW. OTOH, DON’T YOU THINK THAT WATCHING THE GIANTS OR THE 49ERS OR THE WARRIORS WIN, DON’T YOU THINK THAT THESE NON-1% SPORTS ARE MORE EXCITING THAN THE STUPID AMERICA’S CUP? I MEAN, IF REGULAR PEOPLE WANTED TO WATCH BOAT RACES, THEN SAN DIEGO WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THE RECENT EVENTS DOWN THERE. SAN DIEGO DID NOT TURN OUT. WHAT’S THE REASON WHY THE PROMOTERS SO OVERESTIMATED DEMAND IN AN ELITE SPORT THAT NOBODY HAS CARED ABOUT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE?

The America’s Cup takes racing to an entirely new level. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LARRY ELLISON, IN HIS ATTEMPTS TO WIN AGAIN, HAS CHUCKED TRADITION, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? IS LARRY DISAPPOINTED THAT NOBODY IN TOWN KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT HOW HE BOUGHT HIS CUP VICTORY IN SPAIN OR WHEREVER? I THINK SO.

Watching these high-tech boats practically fly across the water is thrilling. 

UH, FOR WHOM? THESE WILL NOT BE “THE FASTEST BOATS IN THE WORLD” OR EVEN THE FASTEST SAILBOATS, RIGHT? I MEAN, SOME FERRY BOATS GO FASTER, RIGHT? WHY DON’T WE RACE CAR-CARRYING FERRIES ABOUT THE BAY INSTEAD, IF YOU HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED?

The gathering of sailing teams and those who love the sport from around the world will amp up the energy and diversity in the city, always a good thing.

NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE 1% EUROTRASH EXCEPT OTHER 1% EUROTRASH. AND HOW ON EARTH WILL ALL THESE 1-PERCENTER WHITE PEOPLE “AMP UP” DIVERSITY?

Second, it will showcase San Francisco and the Bay Area to the entire world.  Media coverage will introduce the beauty of our city and our region to a global audience, generating thoughts of “I want to go there” that will result in visitors arriving for years to come.

“INTRODUCE?” ISN’T SAN FRANCISCO VERY HIGH ON PEOPLE’S WISHLISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ALREADY? WON’T WE ALREADY HAVE VISITORS ARRIVING FOR YEARS TO COME?

Third, it will give a much needed spark to our economy. 

LIKE A STIMULUS PACKAGE? SO WHY DON’T WE GIVE THE NINE-FIGURES TO THE PEOPLE NOW, INSTEAD OF TO LARRY ELLISON?

The 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 jobs and pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into our economy. 

BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT. NUMBER ONE, YOU’RE JUST GUESSING. NUMBER TWO, ITS A WILDLY-INFLATED GUESS, AS EVERYBODY WHO HAS LOOKED INTO THIS ALREADY KNOWS. AREN”T THE CURRENT WILDLY-INFLATED ESTIMATES MUCH LOWER THAN THIS ALREADY?

Among major sporting events, the America’s Cup delivers the third largest economic impact to host destinations, exceeded only by the Olympic Games and World Cup.

THIS STAT WILL NEED TO BE RE-WRITTEN AFTER THE AMERICA’S CUP TURNS INTO A FIASCO OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. WOULDN’T SAN FRANCISCO PREFER TO GET THE WARRIORS OR TO NOT LOSE THE NINERS? AND HAS MONTREAL FINALLY FINISHED PAYING OFF ITS OLYMPICS FROM LIKE FOUR DECADES AGO? WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WAS THAT? AND HOW ABOUT GREECE? WHAT DID THE OLYMPICS DO TO GREECE?

Of course, with any major event come some temporary inconveniences and sacrifices like traffic, parking and crowded restaurants.

WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THAT? WE”RE PAYING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THE CUP AND TOO MUCH OF THE RISK IS ON US. AND ALL THE NUMBERS FROM THE PROMOTERS ARE PROVING TO BE WRONG ALREADY. WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS YOU GUESS MIGHT HAPPEN WITHOUT MENTIONING THE BAD?

WHY DON’T YOU TELL US WHAT IT WILL COST US? YOU DON’T SEEM TO CARE. MAYBE IF IT COST US A BILLION, YOU’D STILL APPROVE? WHO KNOWS? MAYBE.

LARRY ELLISON WANTS TO PLAY AROUND WITH BOATS, BUT LARRY ELLISON WANTS US TO PAY FOR IT AND HAVE US TAKE THE BULK OF THE RISK.

IT’S A SORRY SITUATION.