Alioto-Pier proposes San Francisco sports commission
on heels of 49ers snafu
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier at yesterday's Board of Supervisors
announced a proposal to create a city sports commission.
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
November 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - After a week of bad news for 49ers
fans and Olympics enthusiasts, a San Francisco supervisor today
proposed creating a city sports commission to help develop professional,
amateur and recreational opportunities.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier said the city currently has two
different departments managing Monster Stadium at Candlestick
Point, Kezar Stadium, Moscone Center and the Bill Graham Civic
Auditorium. She also said that a variety of city departments are
responsible for attracting and permitting sports events.
"We need a single body whose job it is to make sure that
San Francisco has the best sports facilities, can attract major
sports teams -- like an NBA or WNBA franchise -- and world-class
events like the America's Cup" regatta, Alioto-Pier said.
"First-rate sports teams and facilities are not only an economic
generator, they are a source of pride for the entire community."
Sports councils are in place in 14 American cities including
New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Diego, according to
Alioto-Pier. The Los Angeles council has brought in $1 billion
in economic impact since its inception in 1988, she said.
The supervisor yesterday asked the city attorney to draft enabling
legislation for a sports commission, with members to be appointed
by the mayor. A Board of Supervisors vote on the proposal could
come within weeks.
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