Lingerie Football League puts to sleep its plan for OKC team

We wanted to know what you thought of the possibility of having a Lingerie Football League team in Oklahoma
BY HEATHER WARLICK Modified: November 19, 2010 at 11:50 am •  Published: November 16, 2010
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It's true, Oklahoma loves its football. But there are limits. At least as far as Mayor Mick Cornett is concerned.

After the Lingerie Football League last week announced it wanted to create an Oklahoma City lingerie football team, the plan was swiftly blitzed by Cornett, who said “there are too many problems to list” about the idea.

This week, Lingerie Football League Chairman Mitch Mortaza released a statement formally nixing the short-lived but much-talked-about plan to expand Oklahoma City's horizons into the lingerie league.

“Due to the blatant negative statements Mayor Cornett has made and his influence over the governing body that would ultimately decide whether the LFL could lease the Cox Convention Center or Oklahoma City Arena, we have sadly chosen to no longer pursue OKC as an expansion market for the LFL. It is unfortunate, especially considering over 70 percent of Oklahomans polled on The Oklahoman's website disagreed with Mayor Cornett's stance. The Oklahoma news websites are filled with comments wanting LFL football in their city and their disgust for Mayor Cornett's bully-like comments toward the league.”

The statement went on to urge Oklahoma City residents to remember this when faced with the next mayoral election.

“Mayor Cornett should never lose sight of the fact that he is an elected official, not a dictator,” Mortaza stated.

We wanted to know what you thought of the possibility of having a Lingerie Football League team in Oklahoma. Here are some of the more, well, colorful responses.

“Again, very simple — (if) this is about moral decency then Mick Cornett should call Clay Bennett into his office next Monday and say, “The Thunder Girls go — they're almost naked out there — we want an NBA team — not a strip bar.” — comment on NewsOK.com from “El Presidente” in Edmond.

“Finally ... someone who has the nuggets to say no to a stupid idea ... regardless of how much money it would bring in. ... Thank you!” — comment on NewsOK.com from “Me” in Oklahoma City.

“It's not like they're playing naked football,” said Julie Shannon, 39, a mother of two in Edmond who said she wouldn't mind if her husband went to watch lingerie football games. She said she resents Cornett's speaking for her and acting as the “booty police.”

While Shannon admits that the spectacle is a bit demeaning to women, she said it's not much different from what you'll see if you watch the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

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