Fan Club Effort Reaches 1000 Signatures
Wednesday July 16, 2014
Local Chambers of Commerce Join the Effort
SAN ANTONIO (July 15, 2014) – An online petition effort undertaken by the Official Fan Club of the San Antonio Talons has now garnered over 1,000 signatures in three days. The Black N Blue Crew began the effort on Sunday in an attempt to allow Arena Football fans to voice their support for the Talons and a way to get the community to show support to potential ownership prospects. The team has been without official ownership since last December and has been run by the Arena Football League in 2014. The fan club hopes that this effort will demonstrate to community leaders and potential owners alike that there is enough support in San Antonio for professional football to succeed.
“We need to show the city of San Antonio and it's civic leaders that this football team can succeed”, said Steve Canto, President of the Black N Blue Crew. “If you consider yourself a SPORTS FAN, here in San Antonio, TX, you want to keep this team here.”
According to Keith Recine, Executive Vice President of the Talons, the effort is a true show of support for the team and the response has been overwhelming. “Steve came to me and asked about getting our help and I told him that we would support the effort if they got the first 750 signatures. I never thought that they would get them in less than two days. The response has been truly incredible.” Recine says that the effort is real and should demonstrate to potential ownership that there are fans in San Antonio that are ready to support the Talons. “This franchise has been handicapped for its existence here by unlucky ownership situations. All of the previous owners had good intentions and the community in mind, but at times things don’t work out. Despite that the franchise is in a fairly healthy state relative to other AFL and similar sports franchises.” Recine said that attendance numbers did decline due to the turmoil but the team still averaged over 5,700 in attendance this year, including a crowd of 8,217 at the season finale. “Given a stable ownership this team could become one of the premier franchises in the AFL.”
The petition effort has gained some steam in the past three days with numerous community organizations getting involved. Tuesday the two largest business organizations in San Antonio joined the initiative. Both the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the effort by posting links to the petition on their social media pages. On Tuesday The Hispanic Chamber’s Facebook page read “Keep the San Antonio Talons in SA! Sign the petition!” The San Antonio Chamber posted a similar message on Wednesday. They join a wide array of community organizations and businesses that have pledged their support for the Talons.
The San Antonio Talons are entering their third season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team won the AFL’s Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season. For more information or to ask about season tickets please call 210.227.TEAM