Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A take on the Super Bowl

Somehow, I missed this article. The Minneapolis star-tribune researched the demands made by the NFL of the city in return for the Super Bowl.

Their findings are summarized here:

http://m.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/262253921.html

Still think it's about sport? Helping the community? Think the stories about it "generating revenue" are supported by this?

Clearly, in exchange for the dangling carrot, the city must give up a lot. And it affects that story that it brings "revenue and jobs"

Of course asking for 10,000 volunteers further undermines this.

IMHO, they can keep the Super Bowl. It's okay by me if it never comes back to Miami. What a joke.

If you want to read all 153 pages(!!) of demands for yourself, they are available here:

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1184220-20140605190910.html#document/p1
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We had it up here in Jersey last year and it did cost the committee money for all the security and stuff.

Not sure how all the hotels made out. But I am sure having an extra 100,000 people around sure helped the restaurants.

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I never knew about any of this... it sounds as if "Don" Goodell is the head of an organized crime family. Plus, the fact that the NFL is considered a "non-profit" entity is a complete joke!

I've always felt that the Super Bowl was a big scam. The league wants fans to show up at stadiums and spend money during pre-season, regular season, and playoff games. But when it comes to the Super Bowl, the emphasis is now placed on accommodating the wealthy, the connected, and Big Business. For a SB, the majority of tickets should be offered to season ticket holders of the two teams playing, not the rich and their friends!

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Oh yeah... these terms seem like blackmail!

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