Sports Business Analyst Rick Horrow joins CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday, May 9, at 6 p.m. ET. Tune in and be part of the discussion. Send your comments/questions to Rick's Twitter account, twitter.com/sportsprofessor. Here's Rick's latest blog:
If sports is the social change agent that it’s proved itself to be time after time – think Jackie Robinson and baseball integration, college sports’ Title IX, and Magic Johnson’s tireless work on AIDS awareness – then what’s the right answer for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig when it comes to Arizona’s harsh new immigration laws? In response, should Selig pull the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona, as U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) and others have requested? Should baseball’s Hispanic players, who make up close to 30 percent of team rosters, boycott games? And where’s the leverage from fans?
SB 1070, which requires Arizona police to check suspected illegal immigrants for proper paperwork, will not take effect until midsummer, so what role sports should take in this broader social platform is going to be debated at least until this year’s All-Star Game in Anaheim. And the issue is certainly not restricted to baseball – almost every major American pro sport, from football to NASCAR, has stepped up its efforts to draw Hispanic fans. What’s more, almost every major U.S. pro sport has a presence in Arizona. So the negative focus being placed right now on MLB and its Arizona Diamondbacks is, for starters, way out of proportion.
Besides the calls for an All-Star Game pullout, immigration rights groups held protests when the D-Backs played in Chicago and Houston, and more such demonstrations are likely whenever the team hits the road. The team does not take a stand on political issues and has said that co-owner Ken Kendrick, a staunch Republican, does not personally support the new law. On the baseball side, MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner declared the union would "consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members" if the law is enacted.
Grass-roots organizers have claimed that they won’t go after the other 13 MLB teams that comprise Arizona’s Cactus league – worth an estimated $350 million to the state's economy – and for now other pro sports and college football, whose BCS National Championship Game is scheduled for Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium in January, haven’t been targeted. However, the Associated Press reported the Mexico-based World Boxing Council "will not schedule Mexican fighters for bouts in Arizona to protest what it called the state's 'shameful, inhuman and discriminatory' immigration law,” and organizers trying to bring the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to Phoenix are concerned the controversy will blackball the region.
The NBA, with its high-profile “éne-bé-a” Hispanic marketing campaign, perhaps has more reason than other pro sports leagues to engage in the issue. The league stood behind Phoenix Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, who denounced the bill and arranged for the team to wear their “Los Suns” jerseys during the Cinco de Mayo home Game 2 against the Spurs – a dramatic statement, nationally televised.
The stage is set for MLB to make its own bold statement on the issue, following in the footsteps of the NFL/NFLPA, which in 1993 moved Super Bowl XXVII from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., because Arizona did not recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “The gloves are off and the benches are cleared,” says Gregory Wald, an attorney specializing in immigration issues for national firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. "We are already seeing the first wave of litigation challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented law, and no doubt there will be economic boycotts as well."
MLB’s silence is increasingly deafening.
Rick Horrow is a Sports Business Analyst and frequent contributor to CNN. He is also co-author of "Beyond the Box Score: An Insider’s Guide to the $750 Billion Business of Sports." Follow him on Twitter @ twitter.com/sportsprofessor
Oh yeah, sports are going to get tough on this immigration law.
Oklahoma passed a similar law a few years ago, and "then" they get the Seattle Sonics, Seattle is a sanctuary city!! So much for sports taking sides.
They couldnt wait for AZ to screw up to scream profiling. AZ ammended the law to rule out profiling; it had to be a legal stop. Identification is part of a legal stop. 8 USC Chapter 12 Subchapter II Part VII 1304 (e) tells you legal immigrants will always carry their papers. This alot less intrusive than the airport and is done in the course of duty. The sobriety check point stops you without being drunk.I like the idea EVERYBODY show their papers to get the drivers license and benfits so we can bypass the thought race had to do with it. Drafter of the Immigration bill has ask AZ to delay enacting until the FED bill passes. At that time it would be the right time for ALL states to stop harboring illegals. By the way, what ever happened to Government for the people and by the people? All AZ legislature given their states situation felt this way the best way to serve the people of AZ. Now we are trying to run the state for them?
Arizona may treasure life over money this may be one thing that the government can not black mail them on .
The law of the land is more important than your dam sports. get frigging real and join the real world instead of worrying about playing all the dam time. People have the wrong sense of responsibilty. All this country thinks about is having fun. There will be a day of reckoning for all this foolishness.
Who really cares what the pro basketball teams think? Illegal immigrants are costing us billions of dollars in social entitlements, medical costs, education costs, lives on the highways, crime in our streets, the cost of imprisoning the criminals and who knows wall all else. It's time to end this nightmare and do something about it that will take away the costs to the taxpayer. Giving them amnesty will not stop the flow of illegal drugs, criminals and hundreds of thousands that are coming for the free entitlements. Shut down the border and send any home for good that are not gainfully employed and paying taxes.
The flood of illegal immigrants must be stopped regardless of the sports world's threats and all the media hype. Our country has far too many problems as it is to fool around and let these illegals take over America. Any color citizen should be glad to help their country with this growing problem. Such a small price to pay (showing a green card)
for such as privilege. Everyone needs to boycott all sport's events if they carry out their boycott of Arizona. Our soldiers put their lives on the line for us every day and people want to moan and whine about having to show a green card!!!
Who's cares This AZ Law is not good!
I am an American and proud of the fact that the Arizona law is being enforced. I am tired of hearing about profiling. They are simply enforcing the LAW that the Federal Government has put in place.
If Baseball and Basketball teams want to boycott or "flex their muscle" let them boycott the 49 other states that cannot find it in their souls to enforce the same law! Have ANY of these people really read the law? If they had they would see the information that is listed in the AZ law is DIRECTLY from our U.S. Govt.
President Obama stated that he was going to enforce the immigration laws when he wanted something from us...his vote. He stated this week he said that his administration would "start" working on a fix at the end of this year!
I, along with millions of other Americans, are in favor of Arizona's law enforcement. If the Federal Government would have done their job to begin with we wouldn't be having this issue period.
We are staying away from Arizona until John McCain is deported back to his country of birth. Panama.
It is difficult to believe that so many people are so near /short sighted or just blind to the bigger issue here! Those individuals that are solely concerned about the short term paycheck and not the long term welfare of OUR country really need a transfusion of common sense! If you really believe that we as a nation can continue to support tens of thousands of new illegals EVERYDAY you need to take a good look at the lives of the everyday person in Mexico, South America and Europe poverty levels and worse for 85%. Socialism, Marxism and Communism sound very good to the huddled masses but the average U.S. Citizen that has a job, a home with electricity and running water to come home too without fear of it being washed, blown, or taken away every few months needs to wake up and see on which side YOUR bread is buttered! Don't let the Communists ... and the perpetual welfare organizations steal YOUR country!!
And AZ should care about what some overpaid, over indulged prima donna's rant about?
Let's hear (or see) them march and hold pity parties for the VICTIMS of illegal criminals.
They can start with Sharpton, the NBA, NFL and others holding a march for the ethnic group most harmed by the ILLEGAL criminals.
Or for the little 7 year old girl sent ALONE to a Drop House in Phoenix, then it revealed she was destined for someplace in Chicago....ALONE.
Best guess, someone's future sex toy.
Spare me the whine....put their money where their mouths are.
Boycotts cut in both and unintended ways, often hurting those they intended to help. If any team owner can't float exhorbitant payroll because of down ticket receipts and media revenues, he files for bankruptcy. It all depends on how player contracts are written, whether they become preferred creditors. If not, tough for them, they're sent packing. Tougher yet is the fallout on those that make games happen - ground crews, vendors, security. And down the road, should any franchise stay afloat, someone else will get a good deal after the boycott-induced short-selling of value. All told a conflagrated boycott of baseball could be a very good thing - for fans. The real joy of watching professional baseball is in the minor leagues where live and in-person seats are way more affordable and the crowds are more family-oriented and friendly. You could easily get bored and yawn at a basketball or football game when the talent is less skilled, but minor league baseball is a whole different story.
Yes It is. I believe your right.
Ask the world what they think???? The majority believe it makes the USA look bad. I have good ideas which are more World friendly which makes us the leader in human rights and example of justice. Jack
If the people dont like the law, move out of the state or to Mexico .. Its not the immigrants that are wrong its the Illegal immigrants ... If I lived there and the police stopped me to see my ID , since im not in the wrong i would not have a problem showing them . What is the problem showing that they are legal ... I have to show my ID everyday to get in where i work ...... They are just law breakers wanting something free without working for it , ask some of the immigrants that have went threw the system legally... I respect them for doing it ...
That's a tough issue because the public feels as though they really have a hand in military issues. I have not really looked at the issue or a long period of time. I imagine there will be an effect on the military culteral society ........ as we all know they have.
Funny thing is pinky ring reminds me of a friend who attended on of my law classes. :) I wonder what she is up to now.
They are here illegally. They are breaking the law. They should leave. What am I missing here, aside from the fact that a few Republic and Democratic judges and other politicians need someone to clean their swimming pools–cheaply.
I spent 20 years living and working overseas. I had to carry my passport, or identity papers with me wherever I went. I never felt "discriminated" against. And I never went to another country illegally.
Of course, other countries, like MEXICO, deal extremely harshly with "undocumented" aliens. They put them in jail. Or worse. Much, MUCHO worse!
Just ask any Central American on his way to America through Mexico.
But I doubt seriously whether CNN would EVER ask THAT question.
I hope that I am posting a comment in the right section. I am responding to Don Lemon's request for comments on Arizona's new Immigration law. The issue is complicated because we do have a big problem here that so far the federal government hasn't addressed. Sure, no one wants to see the drug dealers and smugglers come in, but my concern is that the honest and hard-working people who come seeking a better life won't be able to come, but the criminals will always figure out a way. I think that the law is written in a very mean-spirited tone. But, Arizona is run by a bunch of bigoted, racist Republicans who act like they still live in the 19th century! I know because I live in Arizona.
When the Diamondbacks play in Los Angeles, I will stay home and tell all of my friends and family to stay home. If MLB holds the All Star game in Arizona, I will never pay to watch another baseball game again.
It's never OK to implement a Soviet style policy of "let me see your papers." I am an American, and I do not need a passport or birth certificate to travel in my own country.
thank god they would consider this because honestly this is a raceist law that DOES discriminate against hispanics!
Since the Arizona Illegal Immigration law almost mirrors the Federal law to a "T", does that mean the Federal govenment will also sue themselves when the decide to sue the State?????????
Arizona's Immigration Law – I guess you have to start somewhere since no one has wanted to tackle the problem. I feel anyone wanting to become a citizen should follow the same procedure as everyone else. Its not fair that just because one can come across the border, breaking the law and living in that status for a period of time, that they should jump to the front of the line and not have to go through the proper procedures. What ever happened to that law that was suppose to be on the books requiring employers not to hire people who do not have a legal status here in the country?.
The true about the AZ law is that if the goverment no act now for solve the problem, other anti-hispanics are going to follow AZ in other states with immigration laws.....
This is called government black mail .
As we get deeper and deeper of the various protestations of the Arizona Illegal Alien Law we see the different shades of prejudicial bias. That is, those bias which have to do with economics, sports, commerce, law, etc. Very complicated an issue which Arizona, as a state let happen which it now blames the Washington folks for taking place. Arizona has courted and loved the aliens for many decades due to their inexpensive acquisition costs which in all respects were another people who were simply looking to have food on the table. The real blame is Mexico.
Arizona is a brave state thats not afraid to stand up for whats right and just and the feds are catering to law breakers .
Well look at all the sheeple so easily lead by their noses....at what point will you pro-criminal supporters admit you were wrong and the Arizona isn't racist? You did read it riiiiight? (LMAOROTF)
Boycott Anti American Pinheads and Criminal Enablers!
I would like to know what is immigration reform? If you are in this country legally then you have nothing to hide or worry about. If you in this country illegally then you have broken the law. This is really a slap in the face to all the other immigrants waiting legally to get into this country, and a bigger slap in the face to all the immigrants you came here legally in the early 1900's through elis island and other ports of entry.
"Arizona's harsh new immigration laws"???? Really? Arizona is simply incorporating the Federal law into a state law so they can enforce what the Feds are not – our National Immigration Law. Are the immigration laws of our country too harsh and therefore not worth enforcing? How about letting our citizens vote on that. I for one like the idea that we choose who immigrates to our country – people who want to become Americans, who are willing to work hard for themselves and our country, who don't expect to hijack our systems for their own personal gain, and who will abide by our laws.
I admire the gov. of Ariz. She may have saved some lived of the demos. I am 7th gen ofu.s. born citizens, I have no problem with a sign on jmy drivers lic.showing I an a citizen,if it would save one life.These new citizens are twisting our constitution against us.Thedemoatrators have illegall and criminals in thier group.The people from other states have to live on the border to know the real problem.All illegals should be sent back to thier countrty.I have not typed in 50 yrs, kinda rustie.
Lets stop tearing families apart and have a sense of compasion. Lets stop condeming them because of their status.Many people dont understand how unethical this law is. Arizona needs to learn how to make laws with morality. This law is Unconstitutional and for the law authority to racially profile one is ridiculous. I am a United State Citizen born and raise, The National Government is the one who should have the control, not just one state. This country is diverse we have benefited over years from these Undocumented people. Most of them do not harm us. The stereotype is that they are the reason for crime, but the reality is that is due to their financial situation and their status. Its not their fault they are living here in the lowest poverty level, they do the jobs you dont want to do and get payed miserably. They slave away in order to support their family. Some of these undocumented people are the outstandig students that actually care for an education and would love to go to college but can't unlike our American citizens student. I believe their should be a Immigration Reform and stop from tearing families apart.
Are you kidding me? Finally someone has the guts to do the right thing and they are talking about pulling sport games out and players boycotting. As far as I am concerned they are all over rated and over paid anyway. It's pretty bad that we have special interest groups always determining government policy, but this is rediculas. Throw them all out right next to and along with the illegal aliens. Maybe they will let them hold the games in Mexico. To the Govenor of Arizona, keep it going, I'm glad to see someone in our government has a spine left.
Sports? we're talking sports. Sports is not an issue! We're too used to our easy lives in this country. Yes, our lives ARE easy compared to the average Mexican. Even our poor are better off. BUT!!!! have you noticed this country getting poorer every day? Our economy is in the crapper. Look at California....it's so broke they give IOUs for pay checks. How much drain on the system in California is caused by illegal immigrants do you suppose. Do you know that they get services that our own resident poor do not? Do you know why numerous hospitals are bankrupt? YES, everyone should feel sorry for the illegal immigrant who is coming here to get a piece of the apple, no matter what country he's from. But when the apple is eaten up, where are we all going to go? Who is going to feed the hungry us? The US government is broke and is getting worse. Jobs are a luxury anymore. The Mexican Government is broke as well. Why do you think they advocate their poor and hungry to come here? In your hearts, look at the way our country is now and think how it will be in 20 years if we let anyone in who wants to be. Especially the uneducated and unable to assist in building the economy back up, and no, they're not all ignorant. This has nothing to do with race, or color, religion, left or right .... well to some it does, but it's about a cold hard reality check. Absolutely I feel sorry for the hungry Mexicans who want to be here but we simply cannot afford it. And trust me, when we become cold enough, when we have no ground to plant because of the population growth. When we become hungry enough, we will eat our own, history has proven it. It will come down to "only the strong survive". I ask you not to think about race, I ask you to think about what is to come. Don’t look at the government, look at your life, your children's life, grand children. How much do YOU have to give? You think I'm nuts? be truthful to your self, use your head and think about it in a rational way.
I like the way the scare tactics come out if full bloom. AZ you freaking rock!! Stand firm and remember more people support you than CNN will ever report.
Who cares about sports anyway? What does it do for you? for me? There are more drunks at a baseball game than any other major sports anyhow. Professional Sports is nothing but a joke. You can't even afford to take your kid to the ballgame because the ticket prices are a joke. AZ you should stand firm. All states should imploy this exact law, it is a Federal Law to begin with. If you're not an illegal immigrant, you shouldn't have to worry about it.
Allowing illegal immigrants into the coutry is like allowing other people came to your house uninvited, should they be in your home?
Yes, Arizona may lose a lot of money short term, but in the long term we are saving our (legal American Citizens) way of life. We are not against immigration from any country,but it needs to be done legally. If you are caught in other countries without proper identification much worse things than deportation are going to happen to you. You should not be able to buy property, get public funded assistance if you are not a legal American citizen. There are fewer and fewer working Americans paying for the illegals and lazy Americans living off of the system. We will not be able to support the good neighbor/good o'l boy role much longer. It is time America put it's people first and quit helping every nautral or man made disaster that comes along in other countries! Good for Arizona for standing up to take care of her people( legal Arizona citizens) It's funny that news reports ask for opinions and then only read the ones that support their best interrest.
The sports world will do anything to gain a buck at anyones expense. Sarver with the Phoenix Suns did a great marketing ploy to gain a few bucks short term. Illegal is illegal plain and simple. What would happen if I a US citizen was in Washington DC and got pulled over for a traffic violation and refused to show ID. Jail folks, plain and simple. So why is it so bad that someone who broke the law and is illegal, gets detained. Our country is heading down hill quickly with lots of poverty in the future unless the illegals are stopped.. Wake up! Support the laws that Arizona has enacted as it is coming to a theater near you oh so quickly.
The local goverment of AZ dig his own grave, even if the immigration Reform is give it this year the boycot to AZ are going to turn in a massive cementery of turist and convencions drop off....they have to change...
Az. should check the visa status of all the baseball players who go there for spring training.I would be willing to venture some of them are illegal in the eyes of the law as written, Oh yeah, but then all you "reformists" couldn't sell your overpriced beer and hot dogs,tickets to games, and fill your crappy rundown motel rooms.Bunch of hypocrites.
What about boycotting California whose politicians and activists who have been calling for boycotts of Arizona have a law on their books that is the same as SB 1070. California Penal Code Section 834b
Not only should these politicians quick judgements be in question but maybe city councils like Los Angeles be questioned for their motives in voting to boycott one of the United States when they have the same law that has be implemented. How many states have immigration laws on the books? Do boycott them all in favor of illegal immigrations? NO.
ha ha the law of the land has to be for every one not just legal citizens come on people that is what is unfair is onyl illegal people are above the law
if people think that it is wrong to wear the american flag on any day tha there not americans and should leave america
all americans show who's flag is americas wear the red white and blue everywhere and fly everywhere protect with your life many americans have died for the flag of the united states flag
just remember when they stood against the flag in there school or anywhere in america that is treason
maybe americans need to express ther freedoms and go by mexican flag and film burning it and posting on internet
people stand up like many have and even laid down there lives for this american flag don't let all those be for nothing protect to death
the un americans need to quit spreadin lies about the az law it is the law of the land an dwe support it illegal is illegal why are outlaws trying to make it that only illegals or above the law
you problaby dont see the effects that this law will have against our state and country. just wait a few years so that you can see how this wil affect your daily life. illegal immigrants dont still your money or dont pay taxes as you sai. it is true people only see what they want to beleave in their own little heads. i am a mexican american. i was born in mexico but live all my life in this country, i came in as an illegal immigrant and now i am almost done with my masters in busssiness. how can you say that we are criminals. i do understand that you are afraid that the high crime rates going on in mexico will someday affect our country. iam too and i dont agree for criminals coming to this country but if you notice the people that have made our country are hard working people from all over the world not only hispanics and we all together have form the worlds strongest nation. this was with the help of asian, african americans, european americans and mexican americans. the only people who this country really belongs to is the native americans who unfortunately were killed by the stupidty of others and who were place in reservation. now how can they who are native live in a reservation. it seems unfair that after all that legal and illegal immigration has done for this country now the government whants to take them out.
i saw a comment that our soldiers fight for our rights and freedom. for that i have to say that dont you know the high number of soldiers who are not all white. many of them come from hispanic families.
white people also say that illegals are taking their jobs. that is not true you guys dont know how hard this people work in order for you guys to keep up with you diet.. how can you be so stupid and not see that the us agriculture is made of at leas 99 percent illegal immigrants who work all year long for a dam missery. all that lettuce you guys eat and mice juicy fruits were handel by illegal immigrants. these people work, pay taxes and dont get a dam penny on what they pay for on taxes. just wait if this continues to go like this you will problably end up paying 10 dollars for every lettuce you buy.
The only people who are for illegal inflood of people to the USA, are
the people who fill that their jobs are safe. Many people who have loss
their jobs as of now, didn't think they would be without a job 10 years
ago. Years ago China had to do something about to many people.
Like it or not, now or later, the USA will have to do sometime about to
many people. It's like people drowning in the sea, if you let to many
people in your boat, then your boat will sink to. And everyone will drown. Mankind play so many games with each other. Stop letting
rich people brainwash you, they are only looking for ways to get richer.
Cheap labor or free labor, they don't care about Americans, just money.
I moved here from Toronto,Canada in 2000 and I'm legal,yes I went through the whole immagration process,it's those who come here illegally are the ones who ruin it for themsevles if they are caught. I back the Arizona Governor.
article about illegal immigrants. why can they not become citizens, pay income tax and vote? that way they will not be taking away a job from a citizen ? all the illegal immigrants are costing us billions if not trillions. they go to our schools, use our utilities etc and etc...
I think Arizona has done the right thing with its new immigrations laws.
If I am stop by any person in the police or sheriff department for any reason or at a random traffic stop, the first thing they will ask for is my ID (valid driver licenses). If I go to Mexico I have to have a valid ID and proper paper work showing that I can be in that country, if I do not have the proper ID or paperwork I am going to jail. Read the Mexican laws and you will see the answers.
As for the boycotts I think this is crazy and it should not be happening.
Our government is not doing its job as to secure our borders
Go to any other country without proper ID and see what will happen to you.
there wrecking this country just like the big corps when they took the jobs overseas!
investagate what mexico does to american in that country bet they allow you to drive with no lience, even an american lience, or get in an accident there, oh yea they treat you better than here, break the law in other countries and see how they treat you, getting cane punishment thats soft. So ill show my papers 1000 times a day, if we catch the cheaters, think of insurance cost decrease, and the fewer cars, send them back!!!
Deport anyone that violates the immigration law – rewarding an illegal act with benefits of citizenship only brings more of it. Before anyone could even apply for citizenship that has been here illegally they should have to pay back all the costs of the benefits they have received (restitution). That is how America works.
people need to come together and come up with a comprimise.get a group thats for the Az. law, and get a group thats not,and opemindedly...come up with a law everyones happy with.the same with the immigration reform. both side are gonna have to give .a lot of people in our country are losing their common sense,and civility. theirs so many people ,that are too stubborn in their views to comprimise, and to sit down and talk calmly on the issues,and to come up with something,that both sides are happy with.And if the people of the united states wants to actually get things done, on these issues....they better make sure their senator and congressmen or women are doing their job, on this.if not,this issue will never get resolved.
A country without immigrant is like a tree without a leaves and no water, so what happen to the root?
I noticed a BIG problem here in Texas and I know of stories in AZ also. What about the children who are born in America (citizens of USA) whom have one or more parent that is an illegal alien. These children are American. They are often not accepted by other countries if kicked out of America with the illegal parent. Some children are actually orphaned in America left here as a result of various events which led to parents being deported without their children. I know a family in AZ who the mother died and the father was ejected from USA the children are still here without a parent. It is a real problem. What happens if someone uses a deported US child to commit a crime by programming the child to act against USA or maybe using the child's identity years later to enter the USA?
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