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.
League of Fans endorses petition opposing a taxpayer-subsidized baseball stadium in DC
posted: June 2, 2003
Oppose Taxpayer Subsidies for a Baseball Stadium in DC!
Dear Mayor Williams and DC Council Members:
We the undersigned residents and supporters of the District of Columbia hereby OPPOSE public financing of a baseball stadium in DC, 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 DC. 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 DC 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 DC so they can profit from the benefits of our area, THEY CAN PAY FOR IT!
League of Fans' testimony against a taxpayer-subsidized baseball stadium in Washington DC (4/2/03)
Ralph Nader tells Washington DC government to put Books Before Baseball (3/21/03)
Ralph Nader's letter to the editor opposing a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Washington DC (12/23/02)