We San Franciscans are requesting your leadership immediately to work with state officials, the management of the Cow Palace (state-owned and operated), and the San Francisco Bulls ECHL minor league hockey team, to keep the team in San Francisco. LEADERS MUST ACT NOW!
Last year, 14 San Francisco technology companies received $1.9 million in tax breaks for setting up shop in the mid-Market Street area. San Francisco is still in the red from hosting the 34th America's Cup, which so far has cost taxpayers at least $5.5 million, according to draft financial figures from the regatta that the SF Chronicle reviewed.
Surely, civic leaders in partnership with philanthropists and successful corporations can intervene to save our SF Bulls from exiting our city.
The SF Bulls have brought the city $16 million in revenue and jobs created in their season and a half.
The SF Bulls pay all their expenses at the Cow Palace; the team made numerous upgrades, including putting in a new ice system and scoreboard; the arena and the team split concessions and parking and the Cow Palace gets a cut of the tickets.
The SF Bulls lost $2 million last year, the Cow Palace made an estimated $500,000.
If the SF Bulls leave SF, the SF Giants will be the only pro sports team in the greater city area.
The SF Bulls provide a low-cost, family-friendly entertainment option promoting fitness, sports, community building and civic pride for Bay area residents of all ages.
The SF Bulls help raise awareness and funds for a variety of causes at their games, from Autism and Youth Night to LGBT Pride, First Responders and Filipino Heritage.
Where are our elected leaders to prevent these benefits from exiting our increasingly expensive city?
- Reference details of the team’s pending move or folding here (SF Chronicle Jan. 20, 2014): http://blog.sfgate.com/sgreen/2014/01/20/sf-bulls-to-fold-or-move-as-soon-as-next-week/#19797101=0