While Trent Dilfer was yelling at you during the San Francisco Niners' win on Monday Night Football last night, the Golden State Warriors were continuing their battle against the Mission Bay Alliance (MBA) on KALW.
Host Joseph Pace facilitated a roundtable about the issue, including Warriors spokesman P.J. Johnston and MBA strategist Sam Singer. The interview covered the standard positions that you've already probably heard about: although the Warriors insist that the arena project will move forward as expected despite opposition — including a "phalanx" of attorneys representing the MBA — Singer strongly suggested that the opposition to the arena is real.
Mission Bay Alliance spokesman Sam Singer to KALW on "ill-conceived" arena: "This will either be defeated in the courts or..the ballot box."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) September 15, 2015
The noteworthy part of this, for those who like reality TV that might affect lives beyond those showcased, was that it got a little nasty. Thankfully, Diamond Leung documented the drama while we were watching the Niners game.
Warriors and Mission Bay Alliance spokesman have each questioned the other's credibility on the radio.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) September 15, 2015
Warriors spokesman says Mission Bay Alliance reps "bunch of rich guys." Mission Bay Alliance spokesman: "Has Joe Lacob run out of money?"— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) September 15, 2015
As the current political landscape has shown us, we in the U.S. like few things better than watching a bunch of rich guys square off against each other in public, especially when they're calling each other a bunch of rich guys or bringing up people's divorces.
This is pretty unnecessary but I wouldn't expect any different from scumbag SF politicians https://t.co/GjqSv7CuNJ— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) September 15, 2015
Nevertheless, the whole roundtable gives you a pretty good sense of where things stand now and just how contentious an issue building things — anything, really — can be in San Francisco.
For more background on the SF arena project, check out our storystream.