Yeah, right. Incentive. Incentive my ass…it’s nothing less than a payoff. Once upon a time this sort of swindle happened behind closed doors. Now government officials lobby for the bribes.
The NFL is using its monopoly power to evade taxes and other laws. It has to end. There is no reason why a business worth billions of dollars should not be paying its fair taxes, although that seems to be more the norm than the exception in the United States today. The bigger the business, the more eager they are to flout the law and get away with it.
As a matter of principle, I buy nothing from the NFL. I don’t go to games and I don’t buy jerseys. (I’ll gladly buy a knock off though. My brother-in-law doesn’t know the difference.)
Saying that, until the rules change, I think we need to look at the Super Bowl as a chance to exploit the NFL. From the Mall of America to Northwest Airlines, we subsidize business in Minnesota. What are the costs and benefits of hosting a Super Bowl? It seems to me that the crooks at the NFL have us. They have gamed the system to their advantage and whose fault is that? We certainly don’t have the political will to manage this national monopoly they way we do other monopolies such as utilities, for example. So what are we going to do?
The pragmatic answer is pay the ransom — think of it as a licensing fee or something — and get the Super Bowl in town so we can skim some money off the millions that will be made from the game. If we don’t do it, someone else will.
But don’t expect me to be buying any souvenirs…licensed souvenirs, that is.