OKC Mayor Mick Cornett says no to Lingerie Football League

Mayor Mick Cornett told media Thursday that he will not allow a team to play in Oklahoma City. The Lingerie League is made up of 10 teams that feature women playing tackle football in bras, panties and garters.

via NewsOK.com.

WTF? I don’t have any skin in this game (heh) because my wife would never let me go, but can someone please tell me why the Mayor gets to decide who does and doesn’t get to engage in lawful commerce? Maybe the Mayor himself can explain his reasons:

“There are too many problems to list,” Cornett told the website. “There are so many that I don’t want to gravitate to just one.”

WTF? Please list them. You were asked to. You have denied a group of people access to 2 publicly owned facilities (Cox Center and the Oklahoma City Arena) to engage in a legal activity. Since they would pay rent, you have also denied the citizens of Oklahoma City the revenue that would be generated.

Maybe the city council is more reasonable:

The Lingerie League would need city council approval on several fronts before it could play in the downtown arenas.

WTF? Does anyone who wants to rent out the Cox Center for a legal activity need the city councils’ okie dokie? Does Jeff Dunham need Mayor Cornett’s approval for the Jalapeno On A Stick? Will Michael Buble have to serenade the Oklahoma City Council with “Haven’t Met You Yet” before they will approve his performance? Funny that a satanic cult can rent out the Civic Center Music Hall and when Christians get all upset about that, the answer is:

Parks and recreation spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock told Eyewitness News 5 that the city cannot discriminate against groups, noting that as long as the group doesn’t break city ordinances, there is no reason to deny them access.

WTF? Which ordinances are the lovely ladies of the Lingerie Football League breaking Mayor?

So the journalists are all over this, asking the tough questions about how the Mayor can deny someone the lawful use of a publicly owned facility. Here are the tough questions they asked:


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  • Mike  On November 14, 2010 at 12:54 am

    This is the number one thing I hate about politicians: they don’t understand their jobs. Moral approval of civic rental space is not this guy’s job. Obligatory: The LFL is crass, and I have no desire (well, maybe a minute or two) to watch it.

  • Mary Stack  On November 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    “but can someone please tell me why the Mayor gets to decide who does and doesn’t get to engage in lawful commerce?” Duh…he’s married too! 😉

    Seriously, he has every right to run the city and tailor it to his image. He is conservative and his electorate knew his platform. I they want something different, they could vote for a sexist pig, who thinks it is all right to support a wonderful, maturing positive organization for boys, but at the same time think there is nothing wrong with a thinly disguised variation of a titty bar in a public arena.

    • trackerk  On November 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      Just because someone is elected, does not give them free reign to do what he wants. You elect a Mayor, not a king so there are obviously limits on his power. I believe that the IFL is wrong for me and my family, but I would not be willing to make that decision for everyone. And seeing as it is public property (i.e. OKC residents own it) I do not see how the Mayor would have the authority to refuse to rent it for legal purposes.

      The Mayor has attempted to walk back is statement to now say he is against it, but his is just one vote at the city council.

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