posted by Hollis P. Wood @ 9:56 AM
New Orleans has no chance for a Superbowl until the State succumbs to the NFL's extortion fro a bigger subsidy.
Actually, one of the last times former Commissioner Tagliabue addressed the Saints agreement with the State it was to say that the reliance on subsidies from government could only be looked at as a temporary arrangement, and that he felt an agreement that didn't rely on State subsidies was something to work toward.
Thats an interesting interpretation because nearly every team gets subsidized in some form from local government. It's usually disguised as a new stadium, paid for by taxpayers with almost all of the income going to the team. the Louisiana deal is unusual because it a direct subsidy.Until the Saints have a long term deal there won't be a Superbowl in New Orleans. Any long term deal requires that the Owner get more money from somewhere.
That's exactly what Tagliabue's problem with the current deal was--that it was reliant on direct subsidies from the State. You know the league doesn't have a problem with "indirect" subsidies such as stadiums or infrastructure improvements...but then, neither does any other business.
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