D.C. could get pro sports teams license plates

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A D.C. councilman wants city residents to have access to license plates featuring the logos of the District's professional sports teams.

Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans introduced similar legislation several years ago, but it faltered. On Tuesday, he said he'd try again.

"This is a great way for residents to show their Washington pride," said Evans, who famously recessed an oversight hearing last year so he and other lawmakers could attend a Nationals playoff game. "I've had a number of requests to do this recently."

Evans' proposal, which drew quick support from Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry, would allow residents to pay extra to use license plates with the logos of the Redskins, the Wizards, D.C. United, the Capitals, the Mystics, the Nationals, the Kastles, the Freedom, the Bayhawks and the D.C. Divas.

Although most of the teams still exist, the Freedom, a professional soccer team for women, moved to Florida in 2011.

And the Bayhawks, a professional lacrosse team, are no longer affiliated with Washington; they play their games in Annapolis and identify as the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

The proposal also calls for the team license plates to continue featuring the city's "taxation without representation" slogan.

Motorists would pay a one-time fee of $25 -- along with the District's annual registration fees -- to receive the commemorative plate, along with a $20 renewal fee every two years.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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Alan Blinder

Staff Reporter, D.C. City Hall
The Washington Examiner