A half-page advertisement calling for Kansas City Royals owner David Glass to step down ran in Kansas City Star on Page 3 in the Sports Section on Thursday (8/23).
The effort was started by baseball fan Joe Accurso about 2 1/2 weeks ago on his Web site no-more-glass.com to collect money to pay for an advertisement in the Kansas City Star calling for Kansas City Royals owner David Glass to sell the team.
The ad, which ran down the right side of the entire page, is an open letter to Glass thanking him for buying the team in 2000 and keeping it in KC, but now asking for him to sell the team immediately and “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.”
When he began the effort Accurso said his goal was to place a full-page color ad in the Star, which would cost in the range of $9-11,000. He scaled back to a half-page vertical ad at a cost of $5,100.
“Look, I like this idea. It’s a grass roots approach from a normal fan, who believes it’s time to speak out,” KSHB sports director Jack Harry said in recommending viewers go to the site and donate. “…Glass has made over $250 million on this baseball team. We are gluttons for punishment for allowing this man to hoodwink us after giving him a quarter of a billion dollars to renovate Kauffman Stadium so he can make additional millions. And we get nothing but bad baseball in return.
“We, as baseball fans in this city, can make a difference,” added Harry. “We must unite, and this owner must go.”