Maybe it's naive to even suggest that such altruism is possible. There are other ways. Our cities are not powerless. A year ago, when San Francisco's school system proposed huge budget cuts that would have eliminated high school athletic programs, city legislators levied a tax on every ticket sold to events held in Candlestick Park. The measure has raised $550,000, all earmarked to finance high school sports. A ticket tax is, of course, a tax on fans. Other cities should look into the possibility of passing a tax on team revenues to benefit high school sports. Chicago would be a fine place to start.