OKC mayor says he never said he wouldn't allow Lingerie Football League

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.
By Ryan Aber Modified: November 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm •  Published: November 13, 2010

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.

“I just said I was against it,” Cornett said. “I never said that I wouldn't allow it.”

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.

“I'm just one vote out of nine,” Cornett said. “But I'm against it.”

LFL officials will re-evaluate their interest in expanding to Oklahoma City, a league spokesman said Friday.

“Due to Mayor Cornett's action, our executive committee is meeting internally early next week to decide on the next steps,” LFL spokesman Stephon McMillen said.

“We have never had this type of a response from a city official blocking the LFL.”

McMillen also questioned what the city would and wouldn't allow.

“We find it interesting that satanic worship at the Civic Center and cheerleaders wearing far less than our athletes is moral, but LFL is not,” McMillen said.

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