Mayor Mick Cornett said Friday that he wouldn't stop the Lingerie Football League from putting a franchise in Oklahoma City, though he is against the idea.
â€œI just said I was against it,â€ Cornett said. â€œI never said that I wouldn't allow it.â€
Cornett said he remained against the idea, though.
A potential tenant for the city-owned Oklahoma City Arena (formerly the Ford Center) or the Cox Convention Center would first have to negotiate a lease with SMG, which manages the venues, and then the lease would have to be approved by the Oklahoma City Council.
â€œI'm just one vote out of nine,â€ Cornett said. â€œBut I'm against it.â€
LFL officials will re-evaluate their interest in expanding to Oklahoma City, a league spokesman said Friday.
â€œDue to Mayor Cornett's action, our executive committee is meeting internally early next week to decide on the next steps,â€ LFL spokesman Stephon McMillen said.
â€œWe have never had this type of a response from a city official blocking the LFL.â€
McMillen also questioned what the city would and wouldn't allow.
â€œWe find it interesting that satanic worship at the Civic Center and cheerleaders wearing far less than our athletes is moral, but LFL is not,â€ McMillen said.
A Satanist organization held a public event at the Civic Center Music Hall last month.
The LFL confirmed earlier this week that the league hoped to expand to Oklahoma City in time for the 2011 season, which would begin in August.
But the league does not have a local ownership group in place.
Lingerie Football League Chairman Mitchell Mortaza said it should be left up to potential fans to choose whether a franchise here would be successful.
â€œOklahomans should be provided the opportunity to choose for themselves and not dictated to,â€ Mortaza said. â€œI thought our plans were for expansion into Oklahoma City, not North Korea.â€
The LFL is playing this year with 10 teams, including teams in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle.
The teams have suggestive names such as Bliss, Desire, Passion, Seduction and Temptation.
LFL games are played 7 on 7, with players dressed in hockey-style helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, bras, panties and garters.
Some of the league's games are televised on MTV2.