updated: 6/15/2011 3:19:18 PM

Sports Labor Unrest Prompts Action

Wayne Pratt, Gerry Dick, InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

The current labor troubles between the National Football League and its players union, along with a pending similar dispute involving the National Basketball Association, could lead to an economic blow for cities around the country. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard believes those communities should have a voice when professional sports leagues hammer out new collective bargaining agreements or deal with a variety of other issues. In a Studio(i) interview, Ballard says he sent letters to mayors of cities with pro franchises calling for the formation of the Municipal Alliance for Taxpayer Equity in Sports.

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Ballard plans to discuss the concept with several counterparts this weekend during a working lunch at the U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Baltimore.

He has been thinking about the alliance for some time and says it was not prompted by the NFL's current problems.

You can view one of the letters Ballard has sent to several mayors by clicking here.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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