Sunday, June 08, 2014

Good luck with all that

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune got a copy of the NFL's rider it sends to the Super Bowl host city. It's about what you'd expect.
The National Football League had a long and expensive list of confidential requests before it awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis.

Free police escorts for team owners, and 35,000 free parking spaces. Presidential suites at no cost in high-end hotels. Free billboards across the Twin Cities. Guarantees to receive all revenue from the game’s ticket sales — even a requirement for NFL-preferred ATMs at the stadium.

Those requirements and many others are detailed in 153 pages of NFL specifications for the game. An official on the host committee that successfully sought the game — Minneapolis beat out Indianapolis and New Orleans — said the panel had agreed to a majority of the conditions but would not elaborate.

The document, which the Star Tribune obtained through sources, has not been released publicly but shows how the NFL will control the event and many of its public aspects. The NFL declined to comment on the document and host committee officials are declining to make it public, citing state data privacy laws.
"Data privacy laws" mean that the NFL doesn't have to disclose how it plans to dispose of the public resources including police protection, usage of parks and streets, "clean zone" infringements on free speech, etc. granted to it by elected officials.

The elected officials, technically, do get to see the plan although, it turns out, many of them choose not to. 
Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson said “incentives” were necessary to host the Super Bowl, but Mayor Betsy Hodges’ office said it did not know what the city’s host committee ultimately agreed to. “We haven’t seen the bid, so we don’t know what was agreed to,” said Kate Brickman, Hodges’ spokeswoman.
Anyway, not our problem... at least not for a few more years.  

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