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Broken Glass? K.C. Resident Takes Out Ad Asking Royals Owner To Sell Franchise

K.C. resident Joseph Accurso bought a half-page ad in Thursday's edition of the K.C. Star that included a letter to Royals Owner David Glass "imploring him to sell the team," according to Blair Kerkhoff of the K.C. STAR. Accurso said, "I'm a lifelong Kansas City guy, who like a lot of people loves the Royals. My buddies and I were tired of complaining about it and decided to do something about it." Kerkhoff noted Accurso created a website "to solicit donations for the newspaper space, and more than 150 people contributed $5,100, sending anywhere from $5 to $250." The letter begins by "thanking Glass for buying the team in 2000." However, it concludes, "It's time to win again, Mr. Glass. I implore you, Mr. Glass, to sell the team immediately, enjoy the rest of your days with your family without the burden of team ownership, and accept our thanks for keeping the team in Kansas City." Accurso said, "I'm not naive enough to think I can write a letter, Glass will read it and say, 'I should sell the team.' But I felt like, 'Can I take some initiative and at least get a conversation started?'" (K.C. STAR, 8/23). In K.C., Sam Mellinger writes, "It’s a wonder that it took this long for a Kansas Citian to take out an ad in the Star telling David Glass to sell the Royals." Glass is "the most hated sports figure in Kansas City, and it’s not close." It "doesn’t matter that Glass has been -- all things considered -- a very good small-market owner the last six years." But the Royals have become "quite possibly the worst franchise in sports" under his ownership, so if "your stance is that nothing short of a parade can make up for that, I understand" (KANSASCITY.com, 8/23).
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