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Selling Council, Fenty Nats Tix Could Net $500,000, Brown Says

With the standoff between the D.C. Council and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty over tickets to Nationals Park continuing, Council Member Kwame Brown (D-At large) introduced legislation today to auction off both the Council and the mayor's season's tickets to the park to the highest bidder.

Brown is calling his legislation "The People's Stadium Fund." If the legislation is approved, and the perks were actually sold, Brown said the money would be diverted to social and other city services. Brown said city lawmakers now have access to 80 season tickets and parking passes to the stadium, which he estimates could garner a half-million dollars on the auction block.

"People are losing their homes, people are losing their jobs, people are suffering and here we are talking about where tickets are in the District of Columbia," said Brown, whose bill is being cosponored by Council members David Catania (I-At large) and Michael Brown (I-At large). "This is the people's stadium. To have a situation where noone knows where the tickets are to a stadium people paid for...We are willing to auction that box off and give the money to well-needed people."

In an interview last night, Brown stepped up his criticism of Fenty, who many council members blame for the stalemate over the tickets.

"It is time for us to stop focusing on who gets and who doesn't get tickets, and the mayor being irresponsible and immature, and start focusing on the issues people care about," Brown said.

This post has been updated since it was first published.


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By Tim Craig  |  April 21, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
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Get rid of these distracting tickets and get on with city business. Sell them, put them in a fund for District services, and go about the business or running government affairs.

This is a problem with Government political perks, these jerks start to believe that they are entitlements.

Mr. Mayor, grow the hell up.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 21, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm the only one on my block who isn't a lawyer, but is it even legal to re-sell those Nats tickets?

Posted by: MikeLicht | April 21, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

MikeLicht it all depends, the stadium leasing agreement compels the owner to provide these tickets to the city, if they come without restriction, I imagine it is fine and dandy. We are not talking about regular seats. These are SUITES!!! Mind you, suites that sit next to corporate suites, the same greedy CEO's that are sinking the American ecomony.

Strange bedfellows huh?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 21, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Sell the damn stadium while you are at it, and get my tax dollars back as well.

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | April 21, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Auctioning to the highest bidder isn't exactly giving the tickets to the people. The tickets could be much better used by giving tickets to students, families, and other citizens who may not otherwise have an opportunity to go to a baseball game, let alone experience the game in a luxury suite.

80 tickets...8 wards...10 tickets a ward per game could spread the tickets around pretty well and give a good number of people the opportunity to go to a game.

Posted by: philip_s | April 21, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

MikeLicht it all depends, the stadium leasing agreement compels the owner to provide these tickets to the city, if they come without restriction, I imagine it is fine and dandy. We are not talking about regular seats. These are SUITES!!! Mind you, suites that sit next to corporate suites, the same greedy CEO's that are sinking the American ecomony.

Strange bedfellows huh?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 21, 2009 10:21 AM


I love listening to liberal a-holes try to pass the blame onto each and every CEO out there. The sad truth is, Liberal POS like this have cause far more damage to the US than these CEO's. Families in debt because they out spent their income. 5-6 credit cards (50,000.00 debts) all maxed out and paying the min. monthly amount. A new home with a 3500.00 a month mortgage, 2 new cars + Ins. cell phone for the kids, boats, Jet Ski’s college educations, All on borrowed money. Yet it's the CEO's (the one's that provide these losers the jobs they have) who are to blame. No wonder the problems will never be fixed. How can you fix something if you can’t figure out how or who broke it. Now quit blaming everyone else and do some thing other than pass the buck.

Posted by: askgees | April 21, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Good luck finding anyone to buy them.

Posted by: PhilliePhanatic | April 21, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

askgees, are you related to Dick Cheney? You talk just like him. Are you bitter and old too? The same bitter and old Republican that McCain's daughter basically said is so yesterday's news?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 21, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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