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09 Jun 2014
What does your city need to do to bring the Super Bowl to town? Oh, not much. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune got hold of the NFL's requests.
Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Jun 2014
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14 Jun 2014, 1:35am by
I know this is a football website, but I feel compelled to get this information to as many people as I can. I love the NFL, but this is crony capitalism at every level. Stadiums are primarily financed by tax payers even though every economic study has shown that they are financial black holes(ie - a guaranteed loss on investment).
They still get paid for by taxes because the nfl has managed to corrupt the local politicians into thinking it actually is good for the economy. The teams reap all the benefits and the tax payers are left holding the bag.
It's not right and we need to be outraged.
I agree with everything you said, except the part about the politicians thinking it's good for the local economy. I think it's more a case of the politicians knowing it's not good for the local economy, but also knowing that they can trick their constituents into believing that it is.
It truly is disgusting. I think my favorite part was that the NFL would "allow the host committee to buy 750 tickets". So after demanding free run of the city for a year leading up to the Super Bowl, in return they will take more of the host cities money.
If a foreign government did this, we would call them a despotic monarchy.
The NFL should just buy some land, erect a stadium, and have the game there every year.
It's more like an extortion racket than despotism. The "allowance" of 750 tickets for the host committee (which probably has more local business people than city officials) is closer to a bribe -- they jump in the front of the line for tickets at face value, which they can either use (at a bargain price compared to regular buyers), or resell for many times the face value.
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