Lileks: If we want Super Bowl, let's give 'em a break

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 9:31 PM

Unless we give the NFL some tax breaks, we won’t get a Super Bowl. Some legislators say no, but this will happen. Everything related to the new stadium was always inevitable, and the idea that we’d build this thing and not bid for a Super Bowl is like someone getting fabulous plastic surgery in advance of the 20th high school reunion and then deciding to go wearing a mask.

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turgidFeb. 22, 14 8:40 PM

Pretty sure the NFL is a non-profit. Or a monopoly. Or a monon-profitopoly.

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sek2undrstndFeb. 22, 14 9:24 PM

Since hosting a Super Bowl is a net loss for Minneapolis and Minnesota, I say raise the tax to twice the amount for the week the Super Bowl is in Minneapolis. And that says nothing about the shenanigans necessary to bribe the owners to vote for Minneapolis. "To secure the 2009 bid, Tampa offered all owners a golf outing and brought in golf legend Arnold Palmer, who gave each owner a putter. It also offered owners 150 tickets to an exclusive outing to Busch Gardens theme park. Just three years after getting the 2007 game, South Florida promised the use of yachts during Super Bowl week during its presentation to land the 2010 Super Bowl. North Texas, which already had a massive bid with its new 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium and 150 suites, included in its successful bid for the 2011 game $1 million paid directly to the league to cover game-day costs."

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johnbaranickFeb. 22, 1410:09 PM

Yup, just quadruple the hotel, airline, and restaurant taxes for non-MN ID holders for the week prior to and a few days after the "Big Game" in the 7 county metro area. Somehow it's ok for those entities to jack their prices for events, so why not the state legislature.

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pweiss52Feb. 23, 1410:36 AM

New Jersey did not exempt the NFL or its star players in this year's Super Bowl and the NFL held the Super Bowl there anyway. I say we should follow suit. There are too many super rich footballers and teams asking to be subsidized.

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ificantucantFeb. 23, 1411:33 AM

I am thinking a good forever tax of say 15 cents per gallon of fuel AND another 15 cent tax on a pack of cigarettes should be enough to pay for gold plating the roads and installation of a Bart Transit System. That money could also pay for things such as better snow removal in the downtown area so those coming to the Superbowl won't get their clothing wet or dirty. And things like lighting the city with millions of extra lights ( all GREEN lights, of course ) to make Minneapolis stand out as the most well lit Superbowl city ever. Or how about adding a 15 cent tax per item sold on all the food sold in restaurants or from the street or from food trucks. This money could be used to make sure all the suites in the new PEOPLE'S STADIUM will have every amenity humanly possible. This tax could also help keep the people living on the streets of Minneapolis and surrounding areas a better bridge to live under outside Minnesota starting a year before the Superbowl arrives and continuing forever.

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mdachsFeb. 23, 1411:46 AM

Pweiss, New Jersey is in a relatively densely populated area with many more football fans within 2 hours driving distance of the stadium than in Minnesota (probably more fans in that area than the entire population of Minnesota). Then think about the typical Minnesota winter at Super Bowl time! Now I can't understand why the NFL would hold the Superbowl in an outdoor stadium in Minnesota no matter how many tax breaks the NFL teams and players received. Those who argued for the new Vikings stadium, because they thought we would get the Superbowl, were just plain dreaming.

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rshacklefordFeb. 23, 14 3:24 PM

We need to give the NFL money in order to have the "privilege" of losing money on a SB game? Dayton, Rybak, Kelm, Mondale, Rosen, Lanning, Samuels, city attorney Segal, are you listening to this? This is of YOUR doing! What is to keep SB attendees from getting a hotel in WI just across our nice new bridge and thus avoid all of the new taxes? I won't patronize downtown entertainment any more.

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quinnerooFeb. 23, 14 6:53 PM

Where are the purple faced clowns? Come on guys, you're being dissed.

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acctsah2Feb. 24, 1411:51 AM

"We need to give the NFL money in order to have the "privilege" of losing money on a SB game?" --- My favorite comment. Why in the world would we basically give the NFL money so we could in turn lose money on hosting a Super Bowl? How does that make any sense what's so ever to anyone with half a functioning brain? I don't know how to make it any easier to understand.....Super Bowls lose money (stay with me now)....We want to give tax breaks to the non-profit $10 billion a year NFL (still with me?).......and in turn we get to lose money....Oh, and add to that the fact that we will be paying just over $30 million a year for a stadium (sorry, that last one may have been to complicated for some to understand)

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rnvhillFeb. 24, 1411:55 AM

SBSPSL - Super Bowl Specific Personal Seat License - locals do not get these super bowl tickets - they are all allocated to the teams NFL etc. With a 5,000 per seat SBSPSL the yield is 325 million. We can use it to pay down the debt we are incurring to build the thing, make it 7700 or so and we can get 500 and pay off our share.

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