Sports Bulls & Bears: Warriors’ future look Golden in the City by the Bay

 

 
 
 
 
Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.
 

Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun graphics, .

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VANCOUVER — Sorting out the major winners and losers of this week — with a bottom-line twist — in the world of sports:

BULLS OF THE WEEK

The Golden State Warriors are on fire on the court — going into the weekend with an NBA-best 22 wins in 25 starts — and heating up off the court with their plans for a new arena in San Francisco. They play at Oracle Arena in downtown Oakland across the bay, but hope to make the move into downtown San Fran for the 2018-19 campaign. We’re bullish on the vision behind the proposed arena development because it will put them within a half-mile of AT&T Park, home of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. It will give the city something it is sorely lacking: An 18,000-seat indoor venue to host the NBA team, other sports events and concerts. Yet the best part of all is the Warriors will build their new arena as a fully privately financed project on 12 acres of private land with no public subsidies. That’s a breath of fresh air. If the project gets the green light, watch for even more revitalization of that part of San Francisco, which will link AT&T Park and the new Warriors arena and create a robust sports and entertainment district along the waterfront for the sixth largest media market in the U.S. North of the border, the B.C. Lions deserve credit for setting their sights high on new head coach Jeff Tedford. Friday’s announcement will do much to inspire confidence in a season-ticket base that has flatlined in recent years. Huge credit to general manager Wally Buono for cashing in on his long-standing relationship with Tedford and to president Dennis Skulsky and owner David Braley for accommodating what will be the largest coaching salary in the CFL. It’s not a marquee star player, but it’s the kind of franchise-shifting move the Lions can build around in the weeks and months to come. Honourable mention to Bob Hartley, who had his contract as head coach of the NHL’s Calgary Flames deservedly extended.

BEARS OF THE WEEK

The Edmonton Oilers proved again how dysfunctional and adrift they are on and off the ice. It’s not just that they fired Dallas Eakins to extend their coaching carousel to six head coaches in as many years, it’s that they replaced him with a bizarre transitional arrangement in which GM Craig MacTavish will take over briefly before handing over the reins to Todd Nelson, who has been the bench boss of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. What the organization must do is create a clearer sense of accountability by streamlining their front office and rebooting from the top. Yet, Edmonton’s NHL reputation woes pale in comparison to what FIFA is enduring at its weekend meetings in Morocco, just days after its independent ethics investigator Michael J. Garcia resigned with all guns firing. Garcia resigned after essentially concluding FIFA was “incapable of reforming itself” as evidenced by the internal tabling of his 430-page report on the World Cup bidding process. Garcia is a steely New York prosecutor who has spent most of his career stalking leaders of organized crime and terrorists, but even he found FIFA’s self-perpetuating bureaucracy impossible to penetrate. Although some brave and right-minded souls continue to push for Garcia’s report on corruption allegations around the awarding of the World Cups to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 to be made public, FIFA will likely continue to stumble along without significant reform. That’s all on FIFA president Sepp Blatter, tone deaf to the opportunity to modernize the world’s biggest single sport governing body.

Tom Mayenknecht is host of The Sport Market on TSN 1040 and TSN Radio, where he regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of sports business. He reviews the major winners and losers of the past week every Saturday in The Vancouver Sun.

 
 
 
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Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.
 

Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun graphics, .

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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