League of Fans

Founded 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.

Email Alerts

Alerts is League of Fans' email announcements list. Alerts provides news, information, the actions of League of Fans and/or Ralph Nader regarding sports issues, and calls-to-action for subscribers. All email updates are either selected or written by League of Fans.

Actions!

League of Fans is motivated by people, just like you, who are upset with what has become of our sports and would like to make a difference. We work with concerned citizens, sports fans, civic groups and communities to increase awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, influence a broad range of issues in sports at all levels and encourage the cooperative capacities that make the "sports powers-that-be" capable of helping, not just dominating, our society and culture.

News / Resources

We often think of sports as outside the realm of everyday citizen concern. But the many benefits to society that sports can provide are sometimes undermined by a different set of values, often based on the quest for higher and higher profits at the expense of fans, taxpayers, communities, culture and social justice.

Your Role

Get Involved! Your involvement will improve sports for communities and fans, and encourage the sports industry to better contribute to societal well-being.

NO DC taxes for baseball!

Sign the petition opposing taxes for a baseball stadium in DC!

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Ralph Nader and League of Fans' statement on the announcement that the President of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission is stepping down

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Ralph Nader, League of Fans Urge D.C. Council to Use Savings from Convention Center Refinancing for Public Needs Not a Baseball Stadium

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Ralph Nader and League of Fans Urge D.C. Mayor to Ask for Resignation of Sports Commission President and Redefine Goals of the Agency

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Ralph Nader, League of Fans and DC Organizations ask MLB Commissioner Selig to eliminate push for taxpayer dollars as basis for baseball relocation

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Ralph Nader's op-ed column on Major League Baseball's plan to shake down D.C. taxpayers for a new stadium

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Ralph Nader's letter to the editor opposing a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Washington D.C.

Read the Letter, Washington Post

HUMAN NEEDS BEFORE BASEBALL!

Oppose Public Funding for Baseball in D.C.
If the Billionaires want to bring baseball to D.C., they can pay for it!

Dear Mayor Williams and D.C. Council Members:

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!

Sign the Petition!

News on the D.C. Stadium Battle

D.C. stadium bid irks locals

"The Washington Post has revealed why D.C. councilmember Jack Evans backed off of his proposed legislation to acquire land for a city-funded baseball stadium: Evans was 'inundated over the Memorial Day weekend by telephone calls and e-mails from city residents opposed to the legislation.' Though Evans' amendment was focused solely on one site, the Banneker Overlook in Anacostia, it looks as if opposition is building to the city's stadium plans in general"...
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DC Mayor Anthony Williams is Porker of the Month for April 2004

"Citizens Against Government Waste today named Mayor Anthony Williams Porker of the Month for April 2004 for seeking $340 million in public funds to build a new baseball stadium in the District of Columbia. Williams will submit the plan to Major League Baseball (MLB) in the next few weeks in an attempt to lure the Montreal Expos to the nationís capitol. Unlike last yearís proposal, which required the future owners of the franchise to chip in $125 million for a new stadium, Williams would shift the entire burden onto to the backs of taxpayers, giving the owners an intentional walk."...
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D.C. council to MLB: Put up or shut up

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D.C. Sports Agency Weighs Its Ties to Baseball Group

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Surprise! Stadiums Don't Pay, After All

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President of D.C. Sports Commission to Step Down

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Goldwater will leave sports commission

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Sports Director's Ouster Sought

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D.C. Puts Fiscal Reins On Sports Commission

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Sports advocates target Goldwater

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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

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Nader shifts fight to D.C. baseball

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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

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Playing in the big league

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Major League Baseball's D.C. Playoffs

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D.C. Close to Calling MLB Out at Home

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Williams Eases Push On Stadium Financing

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D.C. finance holds up ballpark bill

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D.C., Va. stadium battles continue

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What are we willing to trade for baseball in District?

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Ballpark bill faces opposition

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League of Fans' testimony before the Committee on Finance and Revenue, District of Columbia City Council (6/12/03)

Mayor Giveaway

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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

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New Stadiums Aren't the Draw They Used to Be

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D.C. jock tax unlikely to make it

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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)