Councilwoman Hahn Steps Up to the Plate for Dodger Fans

LOS ANGELES – The Janice Hahn for Congress campaign today called on Congress to pass the “Give Fans A Chance” Act that has stalled in previous Congressional sessions.

Back in October of 2010 Councilwoman Hahn broached the idea of having the fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers make a bid to purchase the team in much the same fashion as the Green Bay Packers are structured. In today’s Los Angeles Times an Op-Ed penned by David Zirin called for the same thing.

Federal legislation would be required to get around a resolution passed by the MLB back in 1961 which prevents this type of ownership structure.

“The Dodgers have been previously owned by FOX and the McCourt family, it is clear that the only ones who have the teams best interest at heart are the fans,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

“If elected to Congress, I will introduce an amended version of the ‘Give Fans A Chance Act’ which would allow Major League Baseball teams to be owned and operated by their fans, much like the Green Bay Packers are structured today.”

Kenneth Hahn, former Los Angeles County Supervisor and father to Councilwoman Janice Hahn was instrumental in bringing the Dodgers and the Lakers to the Los Angeles region.

For clarification, the Councilwoman is not proposing that the City of Los Angeles purchase the Dodgers or that tax money be used. She would like fans to have the opportunity to buy stock in the team through a public offering—much like the Green Bay Packers. Federal legislation would be only the first step in permitting possible fan ownership.