League of FansFounded by Ralph Nader, League of Fans is a sports reform project working to improve sports by increasing awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, exposing irresponsible business practices, ensuring accountability to fans, and encouraging the industry to contribute to societal well-being.
NO DC taxes for baseball!
Ralph Nader and League of Fans' statement on the announcement that the President of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission is stepping down
Ralph Nader, League of Fans Urge D.C. Council to Use Savings from Convention Center Refinancing for Public Needs Not a Baseball Stadium
Ralph Nader and League of Fans Urge D.C. Mayor to Ask for Resignation of Sports Commission President and Redefine Goals of the Agency
Ralph Nader, League of Fans and DC Organizations ask MLB Commissioner Selig to eliminate push for taxpayer dollars as basis for baseball relocation
Oppose Public Funding for Baseball in D.C.
We the undersigned residents and supporters of the District of Columbia hereby OPPOSE public financing of a baseball stadium in D.C., including the use of new taxes and bonds and other financing methods that do not come from the general treasury.
Despite the fact that the District has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from public services in recent years, Mayor WILLIAMS PLEDGED $338 MILLION in financing for a new baseball stadium in D.C. We believe that services for the homeless, affordable housing, child care assistance, quality education, health care and numerous other issues are of a HIGHER LOCAL PRIORITY than a new baseball stadium.
The consensus among economic researchers is that STADIUMS ARE NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT and a stadium in D.C. will not benefit the local economy. The ownership groups that are lobbying to bring baseball to DC so they can own the new team are made up of BILLIONAIRES. If the billionaires want to bring baseball to D.C. so they can profit from the benefits of our area, THEY CAN PAY FOR IT!
News on the D.C. Stadium Battle
D.C. stadium bid irks locals
DC Mayor Anthony Williams is Porker of the Month for April 2004
D.C. council to MLB: Put up or shut up
D.C. Sports Agency Weighs Its Ties to Baseball Group
Surprise! Stadiums Don't Pay, After All
President of D.C. Sports Commission to Step Down
Goldwater will leave sports commission
Sports Director's Ouster Sought
D.C. Puts Fiscal Reins On Sports Commission
Sports advocates target Goldwater
Ralph Nader and League of Fans urge D.C. Mayor to ask for resignation of Sports Commission president and redefine goals of the agency (8/21/03)
D.C. Sports Agency's Consultant Costs Soar
Nader shifts fight to D.C. baseball
Ralph Nader, League of Fans and DC Organizations ask MLB Commissioner Selig to eliminate push for taxpayer dollars as basis for baseball relocation (7/16/03)
Baseball's Stadium Shakedown
Playing in the big league
Major League Baseball's D.C. Playoffs
D.C. Close to Calling MLB Out at Home
Williams Eases Push On Stadium Financing
D.C. finance holds up ballpark bill
D.C., Va. stadium battles continue
What are we willing to trade for baseball in District?
Ballpark bill faces opposition
League of Fans' testimony before the Committee on Finance and Revenue, District of Columbia City Council (6/12/03)
DC Fiscal Policy Institute: Would a Publicly Financed Baseball Stadium Pay Off for DC? Economic Research Suggests the Answer Is "No" (6/9/03)
DC Fiscal Policy Institute: DC's Stadium Financing Proposal Would Cost the City $900,000 for Every Job Filled by a DC Resident (6/9/03)
Financing In Doubt For Stadium
New Stadiums Aren't the Draw They Used to Be
D.C. jock tax unlikely to make it
Principles that Should Guide Efforts to Bring Baseball to the District - PDF file (5/03)
Washington Post op-ed by Brent Blackwelder, president of the Friends of the Earth and Ed Lazere, director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute: Three Strikes Against a Stadium (4/6/03)
League of Fans' testimony before the Committee on Economic Development, District of Columbia City Council (4/2/03)