LOS ANGELES (CBS) — South Bay Congresswoman Janice Hahn co-sponsored a bill Thursday that would allow public ownership of professional sports teams.

The bill faces an uphill battle — two previous attempts to pass similar bills have failed — and would unlikely be approved in time to apply to the Dodgers.

Nonetheless, Hahn said, the Give Fans A Chance Act would send a message that it could be possible in the future.

She said the bill fit the mood of the country right now. She called it Occupy Major League Baseball.

“Fans across this country have really been upset with many of the owners who really are all about corporate greed and profits and not so much about the team or the fans,” Hahn said.

Hahn said Angelenos watched the McCourts use the Dodgers as their personal bank machine to fund a lavish lifestyle “when they should have been spending more money on relief pitchers.”

The bill, co-sponsored by Hahn and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would be an amendment to 1961 anti-trust legislation. It would allow public entities to make purchases on professional sports teams in any league.

The National Football League has a complete ban on public ownership. The Green Bay Packers are an exception. The team was purchased by the city in 1923 and has held several successful stock sales. The NFL grandfathered in the team’s public ownership when the league put its ban in place.

Major League Baseball limits public ownership to a 49 percent or less minority stake in baseball teams.

The new bill also would give public entities 180 days to make an offer on a team when an owner announces plans to move the team to another city.

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Comments (8)
  1. Taxpayer says:

    Please go away Janice you have reeked enough of your stupidity on the taxpayers, just sick to putting up more stop signs.

  2. Vernon Laux says:

    Government trying to make profit off of anything and everything….

  3. rankin1 says:

    good old jan ,if it were not for daddy hahn she would be half ass waitress.

  4. Tango Eclectus says:

    Hags comment about the teams, the ‘teams’ are made up of players and coaches who are richer than ever. Soon this twit will want women to be on the field and coaching staff in an effort for equal representation. Prices will not go down to help the fans if any team were to become public, so how is this helping the fans? Stop making fake gestures.

  5. tad says:

    if the fire department has to lower its standards to let women on the job then so should the dodgers. Make it like the fire department a politically correct fashion show

  6. Eaw Kittipongs says:

    Sports activities psychologists talk about the importance of being in your zoom and of generating … Many of the most productive clubs throughout specialist sports activities employ sports …

  7. Eaw Minibun says:

    The amount of fifty-year-olds are still playing professional sporting activities few (minus golfers needless to say,… Talk about eliminating your goose that lays your fantastic ovum. Ten.

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