Feinstein introduces 'Football Fan Protection
Motivated by 49ers move to Santa Clara
Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Bay City News Service
January 11, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Saying that professional football
teams are "more than just businesses,'' U.S. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation today that would involve
the National Football League in teams' decisions to relocate.
Feinstein said she was motivated to introduce the "Football
Fan Protection Act'' after the San Francisco 49ers announced in
November that the team could move to Santa Clara.
"This legislation is designed to slow the movement of NFL
teams and prevent communities from suffering the financial and
intangible costs of these moves,'' Feinstein said in a statement.
"Our football teams are more than just businesses. They are
a common denominator that cuts across class, race and gender to
bond the people of a city. They are a key component of a city's
culture and identity.''
Feinstein said the bill would require NFL approval for any team
move, under a limited antitrust exemption. She compared it to
an exemption Major League Baseball uses and noted that one baseball
franchise has moved in the last 25 years, compared to seven NFL
teams in the same period.
The bill was recorded as the "Football Fairness Act,'' No.
249, and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which
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