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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

The general public has to be cringing over the decision of many governmental entities in the Salt Lake Valley giving into the blackmail that Dave Checketts threw at them a couple of weeks ago when he pretty much promised (in fact implied the mover was a done deal) to relocate Real Salt Lake somewhere else if he didn't get what he wanted.

He used the occasion of the most famous soccer team of all, Real Madrid, and it's soccer star, David Beckham, to push the state, county and Sandy to give into his demands.

I will probably get some mail that condemns me for not wanting professional soccer in Utah, but that is not what I am saying here. What I am saying is that I, and many other taxpayers get very tired of paying for stadiums and arenas that professional sports owners and their stars make money from.

I like soccer a lot, and I don't mind paying for a ticket. Difference is that I want things to be up front and I doubt anything about this deal is up front. The club should finance a stadium themselves. Some say it can't be done, but just take the example of Larry Miller and the Delta Center. When he wasn't happy about his team playing in the old dome at the Salt Palace, rather than whining about how poor the facilities were, he just found the money and built the new arena himself.

It was a gamble, but then when isn't business a gamble. I'd like assurances that we would have so much advertising and circulation revenue per month for this newspaper too, but the only one who can guarantee that we will have anything is our staff or as I look at it, our players.

And now the team has the gall to ask Jordan School District, the fastest growing and one of the most financially strapped districts in the state to kick in millions of dollars for the venue.

I just find the whole thing unbelievable.


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