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GIANTS GO TO BAT FOR CORPORATE SPONSOR CHEVRON OVER BILL
Published June 8, 1998
The MLB Giants "have stepped up to the plate for Chevron," a longtime corporate partner, asking S.F. Mayor Willie Brown and the Board of Supervisors "to oppose proposed legislation that seeks to break Big Oil's control over local prices," according to Rachel Gordon of the S.F. EXAMINER. Giants President Peter Magowan sent a letter to "numerous" City Hall offices last week expressing his concern, saying the proposal was poised to attack "one of San Francisco's oldest and most significant community assets, Chevron." Supervisor Michael Yaki, the chief sponsor of the legislative proposal, said he told the Giants that "they're meddling in public policy in which they have no expertise." But Chevron Public Affairs Manager William Steele said that he wasn't surprised by the Giants' move: "We've been the largest advertiser with the Giants for years." Steele added that Chevron and the Giants recently struck a 10-year advertising and marketing deal for the team's new Pacific Bell Park, set to open in 2000. The pact is worth about $17M (Rachel Gordon, S.F. EXAMINER, 6/6).