Skip to comments.Taylor: Sports commissioners should vow boycott if unjust Arizona law takes effect
Posted on 05/03/2010 8:20:24 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
This is not the time for silence. It's time for our various sports commissioners to speak.
Loudly and clearly.
That means NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should make his opinion known. So should MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. The same goes for the heads of the NBA, the NHL and any other sports league that does business in Arizona.
Their collective message to Arizona should leave no room for interpretation:
If Senate Bill 1070, which requires police to question people about their immigration status and demand to see their documents if they suspect the person is in the U.S. illegally, goes into effect July 29, then you can say goodbye to a plethora of sporting events. That means no MLB All-Star Game in 2011. No more Super Bowls. No more BCS Championship games. And it should mean heavy economic sanctions until the law gets repealed.
End of story. No discussion. No compromise. There's precedent.
Following the failure of a 1990 proposition to recognize Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday in Arizona, the NFL moved Super Bowl XXVII from Arizona to California. Arizona finally added MLK Day, and Super Bowl XXX was played in Tempe.
In 2001, the NCAA announced a two-year moratorium the ban continues on awarding predetermined postseason events to South Carolina. And the Atlantic Coast Conference moved its basketball tournaments in 2011, 2012 and 2013 from South Carolina to North Carolina because the Confederate battle flag, a symbol of slavery and oppression, remains on display at the state capitol.
Sometimes, financial penalties are the only way to effect change. Some of you will fire off angry e-mails because you believe columns about politics have no business on the sports pages. You're wrong.
Big business is synonymous with politics.
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This idiot is always very very PC and anti-white racist
And if Major League sports boycott AZ, then the fans should make their opinions known. Boycott those sports that boycott AZ.
Shut up and play.
I hope my governor continues to stand firm on this. Think about it. Who is really getting hurt by these boys cotting? No conventions. No “meetings”. No sporting events. I’m not going to mention any names but their initials are SEIU. The commie thugs’ members are going to really take it in the shorts. And that’s a good thing. They can’t pay their union dues if they aren’t working.
How about the federal law which the AZ law mirrors? Anything to say about THAT law, Jean-Jacques?
By all means, have at it. The floor is yours. Make an F'ing fool of yourself...
Unless and until there is a specific LEGAL basis for excluding Arizona for any major league event, these asshats should keep their mouths shut.
Don’t wanna got to AZ to play? Great — that is called a forfeit.
Wat to change the venue for sports events? You better have cause, else you will pay every dime, including reasonable projected revenue, to AZ and its businesses, then pay it again when you have the event in whatever liberal hellhole you move them to.
These people are dumber than dirt.
>>Following the failure of a 1990 proposition to recognize Martin Luther King’s birthday as a holiday in Arizona
Yup. Homey’s dissed because whitey wouldn’t vote on MLK in the AZ. No one is more racially-toned than Jason Whitlock from Foxsports.
Every 3 months, he rolles out his “what happened to the blacks in MLB and coaching?/whitey is to blame” sob-story articles..
The people running the NFL and MLB, and (NHL for that matter)don't give a rats ass about illegal aliens who don't buy tickets , and REAL AMERICANS, who do, and who they don't want to piss off.
The law mirrors the federal statutes. The problem is that if the state law is evil, so is the federal statute. The border is the problem! Therefore the sports folks should boycott any states impacted by the federal statute and in particular, any state with a border. This means that no there should be no games in such states, like, oh, Texas! Ya like that Mr. Dallas Morning News drama queen?
Why not go all the way, Hypocrite: the commissioners should boycott the entire United States because it’s the failure of the Federal Government to uphold the rule of law that put Arizona in this position in the first place.
Hey Taylor, why don’t you take your race card and put it where the sun doesn’t shine.
Who the heck made sports leagues Gods of anything much less dictate how an entire state should run it’s business. Egads, people are getting awfully bossy now days.
I agree. These athletic organizations forget where they get their money. They boycott AZ, we boycott them.
Here is more from baseball...
I hope the sponsors of these professional leagues fire off memos to these organizations to shut up and stay out of controversial issues. If NBA, NFL or MLB is to keep sticking theirs noses into political issues then the sponsors could suffer too.
Two can play the boycott game you know. If those organizations want to boycott AZ then we should boycott those organizations and the sponsors who sponsor them.
Why do these athletes only get involve in race related issues??? If Obama was to tax away their hard earned money they say nothing, but when a law is passed in AZ that has NO effect on people outside of AZ they feel the need to do butt in.
These mutants shouldn’t mix politics with sports. But if they really want to ruin the Arizona economy simply because they believe laws should be upheld, then they can send the California Democratic legislature to run the state. They’ll ruin Arizona in no time.
I wonder if this twit understands that by federal law many of the players who take part in the events he’s talking about must have “papers” (more accurately their green cards) with them no matter where they go within the US borders, and must present them to prove their status when required by the authorities - next he’ll want to ban all sporting contests held in this “racist” country....
Only this time he’s also being a self-hating, anti-black racist.
This is so absurd. Sports teams have to steer clear of politics, or they would constantly be dragged into one conflict after another. Nobody would be able to play anywhere.
I'm with you there. I won't watch or listen to MLB (are you listening Direct TV and XM? are your advertisers?) if they boycott AZ. Ditto NFL - no more NFL Sunday Ticket, heck, maybe I'll drop Direct TV altogether. I'll stop using products and services of anyone that tries to harm AZ for this simple, common-sense and much-needed law. Meanwhile, AZ based businesses that support the law will get as much of my business as possible.
“Their viewership (with the exception of the NBA) is predominately conservative/Republican.”
I’m not sure about that.
And even if true, that did not stop the NFL from shatting upon Rush Limbaugh in his bid to become part owner of the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately a safe call on their part, as they don’t seem to have suffered ANY repercussions.
Most conservatives don’t give a rip about the NFL shutting out Rush for ownership — a very minor issue. But the illegal alien / border security issue is another matter entirely. If the leagues get involved and mess with AZ, they’ll be be messed with in return far worse.
JJT is not well-respected. If you read the comments on his articles, the readers always blast him.
JJT even makes me long for the days of Skip Bayless.
So the sports world has no problem going to Beijing for the Olympics but won’t go to Arizona. Makes sense to me.
JJT even makes me long for the days of Skip Bayless.
I can’t recall EVER reading a JJT column with which I could agree and I seldom have even completed reading one of his pieces. The Dallas Morning News is a far left paper with a staff of progressives and racists, so I guess JJT’s co-workers don’t have a problem with him. ...Must be kinda like working with Sharpton or J Jackson.
JJT is a blatant racist. His ridiculous suggestion that all pro sports should boycott AZ because the State is reinforcing the Federal law, indicates that he must understand the Constitution as well as Napalitono and Obama.
Exhibit 1 for why the Dallas Morning News circulation is down 21% in the latest survey
they only distibute 260,000 papers these days which is pretty small considering the DFW metroplex size
And Arizona should cease producing electricity and water to any state that participates in the conspiracy. If not applicable, tax athletes from outide Arizona 100% of their salaries. If Arizona is further harassed and penalized, file criminal charges.
How about a baseball league (6) comprised of Arizona, Atlanta, the two Florida teams and the two Texas teams? Or football (10) - Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Tennessee, three Florida teams and two Texas teams. Or basketball (11) - Phoenix, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, two Florida teams and three Texas teams. Or Hockey (7) - Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville, two Florida teams and Dallas.
First they came for Rush Limbaugh.......