...let’s do it right this time. In the midst of the euphoria following the "universally acclaimed" handling of The Football Game, let’s determine whether we are indeed a World Class City. We offer a suggestion to the mayor and to the host committee chairperson, whoever that might turn out to be.
Instead of bowing before the kings of greed, known as NFL owners, why don’t we just walk up to the table as equals who have shown that we can get the job done? Let's tell them that, if they want our contribution to their increase in wealth, we intend to write some of the rules the next time around. Why not say to those same folks that we no longer will submit to intimidation and extortion factors?
As a start, we suggest that NFL owners be told these rules will include payment of all legal and usual taxes to state and local government to which the poor local yokels (who are forced to pay for their billion dollar playpen) are subject.
The rules will also include direct payment by the NFL for all municipal services (over and above those available to said local yokels).
Scalping of tickets is a serious No-No with these folks. Let’s tell them that "scalping" parking facilities removed from the open market is also a No-No. When a publicly owned parking garage is turned over to the NFL, it can let those NFL owners have a freebie. But the real owners of the garage (those local yokels again) may not be charged more than ordinary hourly or daily rates.
And, for local purposes, we of course ask governmental personnel to give some consideration to our previous suggestion for the use of a Revenue Increment Finance approach to offset the direct addition to municipal expenditures.
There is, naturally, the usual alternative available to us. We can again crawl in, grovel before the throne and, like that well-known world class beggar, Oliver, plaintively plead, "Please, Sir, may we have some more?"