Earlier today, news outlets reported that Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith donated money to the struggling Wendy Davis for Governor Campaign in Texas. The Smith donation comes on the heels of weeks of bad press for the underdog Democratic candidate. Davis has been under fire because the media found out that Davis had embellished her role in being a single mother. Obviously, the Smith donation has come at a great time for Davis, especially because the Smith donation might be able to help Davis out among male voters in Texas. It was only a couple of years ago that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee used San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson and San Francisco 49ers legend Ronnie Lott in a MC Hammer music video that endorsed his mayoral campaign.
Both Oakland and San Jose are having mayoral elections in 2014, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see sports play a crucial role in both cities elections. We all know that the Oakland A’s stadium issues has caused a divide between both cities. The owner of the A’s and Earthquakes Lew Wolff, would like to build a new stadium in downtown San Jose, which has been supported by most local politicians in San Jose. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been criticized by many voters in Oakland because of her willingness to let all three Oakland sports teams leave the city.
BSR was on hand to witness the San Jose Earthquakes unveil their new logo in front of hundreds of die-hard fans in the newly finished San Pedro Square Market. Mayor Chuck Reed was there to speak to the fans about the Earthquakes and what their new stadium and logo means to the city of San Jose. A couple of city councilman who are running for Reed’s seat were also on hand for the unveiling.
“The excitement and potential of a new stadium is so great that it’s hard to overestimate it. You have a growing fan base of soccer fans here in San Jose that some people have underestimated. I am proud to say that I voted for the new soccer stadium,” explained Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Rose Herrera. “Don’t forget the economic development opportunity here. This is good for business, this is good for economic development here, this is good for San Jose’s image, and this is great for the people of San Jose. This is just full of goodness.”
We all know that sports is the dominant form of entertainment in the Bay Area. This year we will see if sports has started to transcend entertainment by effecting our politics.