Turning an Un-San Franciscan act into a Wake-up call to Owners of Professional Sports
In June 2018, San Francisco surprised me and my Good Neighbor Coalition when it voted down our ballot measure Proposition I aka “Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” in a local San Francisco election.
I am ever so grateful for the help I received by an Oakland business man, James Erickson, for believing in a ballot measure I wrote and he invested more than $60, 000.00 in getting it to San Francisco voters. I am very disappointed in how my favorite city responded.
But a closer look at what we attempted should be a warning to all owners of professional sports teams that the days of ripping off communities by employing blackmail tactics to get local governments to foot the bill for stadiums or arenas are numbered.
Interested individuals are encouraged to read and re-read my 500 word ballot measure, Thou Shall not Covet renamed by SF City Attorney’s office to Relocation of Professional Sports Teams and fill free to modify it for local elections.
The purpose is two-fold. First, such measure will put owners on notice that they will not be allowed to walk out on public debt where they currently have a team with the blessings of a new city or area interested in having a pro team. Secondly, these same municipalities will not be party to ripping off a fan base that has supported its team for decades and is still profitable.