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Statement from US Mayors Calling on
National Basketball Association and the NBA Players Union to End the
Washington, DC - Today, The
U.S. Conference of Mayors issued an open letter to the National
Basketball Association and the NBA Players Union, asking them to
consider the consequences to cities if a lockout continues under debate
created by the new collective bargaining agreement.
Under the leadership of Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, the
Conference of Mayors is exploring the feasibility of creating the
Alliance for Professional Sports Cities, a sports alliance that would
provide a resource for cities to exchange information on ways to better
work with and coordinate with the major sports leagues.
Below are statements issued by leading mayors:
“Much of the discussion about the current NBA labor situation has
centered on the owners, players and fans,” said Indianapolis Mayor
Gregory A. Ballard. “However, the NBA lockout is also affecting the
livelihood of restaurant owners, wait staff, parking attendants and
others in our cities and we believe their voices should be heard as
"This letter isn't about taking sides in the NBA's labor negotiations,"
said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "It's about speaking up for our cities,
our residents and our small businesses whose financial health is tied to
the NBA season and asking for the league and the players union to work
toward finding a compromise that allows basketball season to begin."
"As both a Mayor and former player, I have great appreciation for the
NBA's economic and civic impact on communities across the country,” said
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Sacramento joins other cities in the
NBA fraternity in urging for a compromise that puts fans back in the
stands and the thousands who depend on the NBA back to work."
To view the open letter and list of supporting mayors, visit: