Another Black Eye for Sporting KC - Kansas City Week in Review


Uploaded by KCPTOnline on 25.01.2013

Transcript:
LAST WEEK SPORTING CK GOT A
 
PR BLACK EYE AMID QUESTIONS THAT IT FAILED TO LIVE UP TO FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO CANCER
 
CHARITY LIVE STRONG. LIVE STRONG NAME WAS REMOVED FROM THE STADIUM AFTER IT WAS
 
CLAIMED THE SOCCER CLUB ONLY PAID $200,000 OF THE $1 MILLION THE COMPANY OWED THE CHARITY IN
 
2012. NOW, THERE ARE ACCUSATIONS THAT THE CLUB HAS NOT DELIVERED ON A
 
BIG COMMITMENT IT MADE WHEN IT TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MORE THAN $230 MILLION IN STATE AND LOCAL
 
TAX SUBSIDIES WHEN IT BUILT THE STADIUM IN WYANDOTTE COUNTY. THAT INCLUDES NO INNER CITY
 
SOCCER FIELDS THE TEAM PLEDGED TO BUILD IN 2010
 
AND NO 18 FIELD YOUTH SOCCER COMPLEX THAT WAS
 
SUPPOSED TO BE COMPLETED LAST DECEMBER. SO WHAT'S THE WORD FROM SPORTING
 
KANSAS CITY ON WHY THIS HAS NOT BEEN BUILT? I THINK THEIR ARGUMENT IS
 
THEY'RE GOING TO TRY, THAT THEY'VE MADE SOME CHANGES. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THEY WANT
 
TO TALK TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT, THE TEAM WANTS TO TALK TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT IN TERMS OF
 
IMPLEMENTING THESE COMMITMENTS. BUT THE CLOCK IS
 
TICKING, AND YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE IN WYANDOTTE
 
COUNTY SAYING, WELL, NOW WAIT A MINUTE, WE'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF LATITUDE, BUT YOU'RE
 
GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO HONOR THESE COMMITMENTS GOING FORWARD.
 
MARY, LAST WEEK, THERE SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE MORE CONSENSUS AROUND THIS TABLE THAT THERE WAS
 
A LITTLE MORE OF A BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT TO SPORTING KANSAS CITY BECAUSE OF THE LANCE ORM --
 
ARMSTRONG DEAL AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING THERE. BUT THERE IS A SECOND INCIDENCE
 
HERE. IS IT CHANGING IN THE COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF HOW THEY'RE VIEWING
 
SPORTING KANSAS CITY NOW? I DON'T THINK IT CHANGES THAT QUICK.
 
IT STILL HAS A GOOD NAME IN THE COMMUNITY. I THINKS THAT A POTENTIAL BLACK
 
EYE. MIKE DID A GREAT JOB FOR THE STAR REPORTING THAT STORY.
 
PEOPLE NEED TO, REPORTERS AND THE PUBLIC, NEED TO KEEP ON SUPPORTING KANSAS CITY.
 
IF THEY WANT TO KEEP BUILDING THEIR TEAM SPIRIT, THAT STARTS WITH LITTLE BITTY KIDS WHO HAVE
 
ACCESS TO THINGS LIKE GREAT SPORTING COMPLEXES. I DON'T THINK IT CHANGES THE
 
CLUB'S IMAGE EITHER, BUT HAVING SAID THAT, THERE IS A SENSE WITH THIS STORY THAT THE SOCCER
 
FIELDS WERE BEING PUSHED OFF ON THE BACK BURNER AND THE PUBLIC WASN'T THINKING ABOUT IT MUCH
 
UNTIL THE BRIGHT LIGHT OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY WAS SHINED ON THIS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY NEEDS TO
 
GET GOING HERE. THEY MISSED THE DEADLINE, AS YOU POINTED OUT.
 
THEY ARE SAYING THEY'RE LOOKING AT OTHER SITES AND ALL GOOD THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT THEY'VE
 
MISSED A DEADLINE, NEED TO GET GOING. YOU WONDER HOW FAST THEY WOULD
 
BE MOVING IF THE STAR HND SHED A LIGHT ON WHAT HAPPENED HERE.