Posted: 6:00 am Monday, June 9th, 2014

Take note, Arthur Blank: There’s a high price to host a Super Bowl 

By Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

As Atlanta aims for the 2019 Super Bowl, it’s safe to say a glitzy new stadium isn’t the only thing on the NFL’s wish list. Take a look at the price that Minneapolis had to pay to win the 2018 event.

Like Atlanta, the town hoped a new $1 billion-plus stadium built with the help of public financing would help win the lucrative event. But that’s only the start. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the NFL had a long and pricey list of other demands to host the gridiron gala.Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blog

Says the report:

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. …

The “Government Guarantees” section, in addition, also demands that public officials create “clean zones” that cover at least a one-mile radius around the football stadium and a six-block radius from the NFL’s headquarters hotel. Creating “clean zones,” according to the NFL, typically “restricts certain activities” and “provides for the temporary suspension of new, and possibly existing, permits for such activities.”

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If you want to get a sense of the aggressiveness of Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, consider remarks he made to a group of Democratic activists in Savannah late last month. As we mentioned in a Sunday column, the event was recorded by Marcus Howard of the Savannah Morning News.

First Carter delivers a strong populist argument:

“The people at the state government, when they talk about the economy, they talk about a tiny group of people that have a bunch of lobbyists in Atlanta. That’s who gets served by the state government right now, instead of the average, every-day, middle-class person – the working people of this state, and the small businesses….”

Then he brings in the message of Republican incumbent Nathan Deal’s primary, which cost the sitting governor more than a quarter of the Republican vote:

“We’re not the only ones that see what we see. You just saw, last week, the chief education official in our state, a statewide-elected Republican, was running against the governor in his own primary because of how badly the governor has mishandled public education. That’s real. That’s not just a bunch of Democrats sitting in a room….”

And finally, there’s the news that, the day after the May 20 primary, Carter called David Pennington:

“The other person that ran against the governor in that primary, who claimed to be a tea-party businessman, was the [former] mayor of Dalton. I talked to him on the day after the primary…. And he says, on the phone, ‘Jason, when I travel the state, let me tell you what I see. We are getting too poor to have a business environment that works.’

“That’s the far right, saying we can’t continue down this path, because we have to have prosperous people again. That means we have a real, generationally significant moment to deal with.”

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So when exactly did Jimmy Carter send out his first text? It’s a question Gov. Nathan Deal’s camp raised over the weekend.

You’ll recall that Jason Carter’s camp got a lot of attention in March when it broadcast a “first text” sent from the president after his appearance on Colbert Report:

Jason Carter’s team promptly used it as part of a fundraising pitch, urging donors to follow the lead of his “Papa” and support the campaign.

Just this weekend, though, Deal aide Jen Talaber dug up an earlier tweet that the younger Carter sent our way last August on his grandfather’s texting prowess.

Caught red-handed (or red-thumbed?), Carter campaign manager Matt McGrath responded with a link to the French phrase “l’esprit de l’escalier.”

And though our colleague Dan Malloy was the one who went to France over the weekend, we’ll give a crack at defining what he meant: Would’ve been the perfect comeback – three months ago.

Alas, we hear Jimmy Carter didn’t address text-gate at his Sunday sermon in Plains over the weekend …

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the White House had failed to share key information with Congress about the prisoner swap with the Taliban that led to the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

From the Washington Post:

Chambliss said the Obama administration has “acted very strangely” about Bergdahl and the prisoner swap that led to his release.

“Nobody has made any effort to contact me from the administration, but then, you know, I learned about this [prisoner swap] after the fact,” Chambliss said. “Dianne [Feinstein] and I were both called on Monday night, after Bergdahl was released on Saturday, and told that it had happened.”

 

Amy Henderson of the Georgia Municipal Association sends word that she was in China when she read last week’s post marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Wrote Henderson:

“I was actually in China this past week with Walt McBride from the Carl Vinson Institute. While we could read your post, the video was blocked to us.”

Says she:

“We met so many wonderful Chinese people, many students, and it seems so hard to believe this part of history, their history, is a complete blank to them.”

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Michelle Nunn-watcher Leslie Shedd tracked the Democratic Senate candidate to Ohio this weekend, where she attended fundraisers with Sens. Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker.

Shedd, who works for a GOP outfit that puts a bullseye on Nunn’s back, said the venture was a sign that “she will take money from every liberal super PAC and Washington insider who will write her a check – including left-wing liberals like Sherrod Brown.”

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Chuck Williams of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has a lengthy Q&A here with Pete Robinson, whom many say is the most influential lobbyist in the state Capitol. It’s worth checking out.

96 comments
PSWallace
PSWallace

Regarding the NFL demands for Super Bowl host cities: it compares well with what monarchs demanded when they used to travel their realms.

My guess is that it is still easier for a camel to pass the eye of a needle than an NFL owner to enter, well, you know. Something about lack of humility.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Still waiting for Jim to comment on last week's poll showing that if the election were held now the results would be ...

Deal 44%; Carter 38%

Kingston 43%; Nunn 37% 

Perdue 43%; Nunn 38%

—11Alive News (WXIA-TV) http://tinyurl.com/ouq4e3d

Jke
Jke

In the link to the report, and other links in articles found on the internet, there is mention of private donations in the millions to offset the costs.  


I could not find anything that  would allow a comparison to determine if the total costs to the public and private entities were off-set, and thus profitable economically to the city, even though taxpayers money is spent.

Those donations would need to entered into any calculation.  It seems that much of what goes on is shrouded.  There is just no easily obtained data and thus we're left with speculating.      

Jke
Jke

Kingston's tax returns are open to the press at his campaign office, according to an earlier article in the AJC.


Has anyone located the total revenue (taxes, fees, restaurants, airports, hotels, etc.) generated for the last 4 Super Bowls in order to compare that amount to what it costs the city in police protection, etc.?  Usually there are millions in private donations that offset some of the NFL's freebies, but that is on the private side.    

loran-whatayagot
loran-whatayagot

We want Nunn of Michelle whatever-her-real-last-name is.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Shedd, who works for a GOP outfit that puts a bullseye on Nunn’s back, said the venture was a sign that “she will take money from every liberal super PAC and Washington insider who will write her a check – including left-wing liberals like Sherrod Brown.”

Unlike repuppy candidate kingston, who loves him some money from convicted felons.

Andy123
Andy123

Once again the poor black population voted for another black Democrat who played them like a fiddle while he kissed the ring of the white man.


This is what you fools get for living ITP as you get the government you deserve.  

Cobb County is next.  May the last educated white person make it out of there in time. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Although the headline of this blog is addressed to Arthur Blank, it seems to me a lot of the NFL demands fall upon the City of Atlanta (taxpayers):

  • Free police escorts for team owners.
  • Presidential suites at no cost in high-end hotels.
  • Free billboards.
  • The “Government Guarantees” section, in addition, also demands that public officials create “clean zones” that cover at least a one-mile radius around the football stadium and a six-block radius from the NFL’s headquarters hotel. Creating “clean zones,” according to the NFL, typically “restricts certain activities” and “provides for the temporary suspension of new, and possibly existing, permits for such activities.”

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Saxby 'Shambles' doesn't deserve any consideration for anything. He stole the '02 election (a gift from whoever paid Diebold to rig the outcome), and destroyed the reputation of a great man and true patriot, Max Cleland. Plus Saxby (don't know what that's short for, but it sucks), is such a lame duck he ought to just grow a beard and move to Louisiana.

The price tag the NFL puts on the Super Bowl is nothing new - plus it falls right into line with big conventions and is chicken feed compared to what we had to 'pony up' for the Olympics.

BigHat
BigHat

Don't let the NFL take away your guns!

DontTread
DontTread

"We are getting too poor to have a business environment that works."


And he is exactly right.  When one's income is completely consumed by just providing the basic necessities, there won't be any economy to speak of.  The liberals' solution:  Tax our way to prosperity.  (The part they're not mentioning is that "prosperity" means their prosperity.)

MoFaux
MoFaux

@EdUktr I'm pretty sure if you post it another 50 times, that he will respond.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Jke - Big NFL city newspapers support the Democratic Party city administrations.  They are not about to delve into the actual ROI if it were not helpful to the Democrat politicians.

Keep speculating.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Jke What are these private donations of which you speak?  Where were these generous people when we were discussing whether (and how much) public money should be spent on a sports arena?


Revenue is but a small fraction of the touted "overall economic impact".  Then, you have to pay for police/security (plus overtime pay, don't forget), and all of the clean up when the litterers leave.  It's a hoax.  Superbowls are a waste of time and resources for the host city.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Sometimes I think the best thing Dems have going for them is the cartoonishly retrograde comments of their opponents.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

And, speaking of ol' Jack, he promised in the repuppy primary that he would release ten years of tax returns.  I guess the conservatives posting here just aren't interested in how ol' jack got so much jack that he became a millionaire during his twenty+ years in congress. Just goes to show, conservatives don't know jack.

honested
honested

@Andy123 

Whatever it takes to accelerate the outflow of wrong-wing bigots!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Andy123 "May the last educated white person make it out of there.."

So it looks like you'll be staying, since only the educated will be leaving.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Andy123 

Once again the poor black...

And there's your sign.

DontTread
DontTread

@The_Centrist Somehow a "clean zone" seems to be a "rights-free zone" and smacks of fascism.  Wonder what "certain activities" they're restricting that would be permitted any other time?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist   Is that supposed to be a defense for your previous inaccurate comment that it was solely the Dems of Atlanta that approved the stadium deal?  FAIL!  You have digressed off the topic of who is providing support for Blank's welfare check, to what is required to have a Super Bowl here.

Funny how you regard as positive the money coming in to shops, hotels, rental cars etc that will pay for any extra police and amenities for the Cobb Braves, yet somehow providing the same for a Super Bowl in the city of ATL is a negative.

Please explain.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Since cities and team owners clamor to get the NFL Super Bowl, they must figure there is a positive ROI - until/unless the costs and demands reduce it too low.

No doubt there will be negotiations between all three entities as to who gets/ pays for what before a contract is sealed - and other cities and owners are part of the negotiation equation.

Note that the State of Georgia is not part of this equation and sideline comments from State government officials have no impact on the taxpayers of Georgia - except positive increases in sales and property tax receipts.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@The_Centrist


Police escorts will likely be provided by the GA State Patrol -- who provides escorts for most of the other sporting events. Presidential Suites will be bought and paid for -- by someone to private businesses. Hotels don't give them away. Likewise with billboards owned by Turner Advertising and others.


Clean zones will fall squarely upon city services.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@DirtyDawg Max Clelands voting record in Washington destroyed his re-election, same as Wyche Fowler's before him.  Both ran for the Senate as conservatives, and did a 180 when they got to Washington.  Voters saw that and voted them out after a single term.

honested
honested

@DontTread 

Just how much money do you think the 'poor' are holding out of circulation while they extort the government to build billion dollar stadia?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread "And he is exactly right.  When one's income is completely consumed by just providing the basic necessities, there won't be any economy to speak of."

Could not have been stated any better by the most liberal member of the Democratic party.  When real wages haven't risen for the last 25 years, when nathan deal's 'job creation'  consists of few thousand jobs paying $6.50/hour, there will be "no business environment that works."

When the dollar store and wally world owners grow rich on tax breaks and leave the government to subsidize their low income workers with food stamps, Obamacare and EITC, while they sock their money away in off-shore accounts and precious metals, there will be "no business environment that works."

The liberals' solution:  Tax our way to prosperity.  (The part they're not mentioning is that "prosperity" means their prosperity.)

Yeah right we need to tax those $20,000/year sales associates to erase the deficit, because they are really prospering!  And, it would be unconscionable to tax Paris Hilton or Donald Trump, or have NFL owners foot the bill for their excesses.

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist 

Of course, he got the lion's share of his wealth the old fashioned way, marrying it!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DontTread - Probably a crackdown on non-licensed sidewalk peddlers, food kiosks, scalpers, gypsy parking lots, and hookers that are overlooked at other events.  The NFL and city of Atlanta can not override the Constitution or the laws of Georgia without penalty.

DS
DS

@The_Centrist, I'd like it if politicians studied the ROI, but they don't all do that. There have been studies that question the ROI of some of these deals.

I think some politicians support these deals because it will help them politically and personally. Many voters like pro sports and don't mind if their taxes are spent on that, even when it's a lousy deal. (Then some of them complain about taxes and big government in the next breath, which tells you something.)

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Same for Cobb County - only this was pretty much a wash for the State of Georgia since it was just a move (along with some added associated retail tax and surrounding property tax revenues - the surrounding Ted tax revenues can't drop any lower).

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Identify the cities that have actually demonstrated 'positive ROI'.

The truth tends to be break-even at best with the taxpayers (and inconvenienced small businesses) footing the tab.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Add increased business and personal income tax receipts to the above for the State of GA.  I hope Blank and the City of Atlanta pay for and get the Super Bowl which will help the State of Georgia revenues without having to invest.

honested
honested

@Derwin0 @DirtyDawg 

Senator Cleland's record was appropriate for Georgia, whatever the conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvative minority wanted.

chambliss' dedication to provide farm welfare as well as his dastardly attack on Senator Cleland's patriotism should both interrupt his sleep for the rest of his pathetic life!

DS
DS

@Derwin, No, most voters don't study voting records.

Cleland lost because of Saxby's smear campaign against him, which featured an ad that compared Cleland to Osama Bin Laden (on the basis of Cleland's objections to some of the terms under which the Dept of Homeland Security was created).

Cleland was well-respected in the Senate and in Georgia. Many prominent Republicans came to Cleland's defense and objected to the smear campaign. Cleland was a war hero who lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam. (Saxby missed the war on a deferment for a bad knee. Doesn't seem to have hurt his golf game any.)

But it was too late. The smear campaign worked this time.

Lynn43
Lynn43

@AuntieChrist @DontTread And don't forget that the Wal-Mart heiress gave over a million dollars to help the cause of "destroying the public schools in Georgia".

DontTread
DontTread

@AuntieChrist @DontTread And of course, your solution is to keep the illegals coming and restrict the property rights of Americans.  As your Dear Leader says, "You've made enough money".


You can thank your other Dear Leader, Bill Clinton, for pushing the "most favored trade nation" agreement with China and killing most manufacturing of consumer goods here.

honested
honested

@EdUktr @MoFaux 

If you truly ever had any contact with education, it would be clear to you by now that nobody really cares about those stale numbers, after all those are from last week.

Try to come up with SOMETHING new.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - The biggest saving grace is that some cities and owners drop out of the bidding when it is obvious to them that the costs are too high even with insider deals and political backlash when it reaches the threshold of also becoming obvious to the electorate.

This is not to say it might/could be economically advantageous - we just are never told when it is not.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - Agree.  Same for Olympic cities.  Lots of insider deals for both politicians and businessmen who fund the political campaigns.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@honested @The_Centrist No one can.  With so many decades of empirical evidence available, you would think it would be easy to identify a list of cities with a positive ROI.  Instead we get terms like "economic impact" thrown at us with made-up numbers.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@DS As a person he was well respected.  I even voted for him as Sec of State a couple times, and for Senator.  As Senator though, he was in Tom Daschale hip pocket and voted party line.  As such, the voters of Georgia voted him out.  We may be fooled the first time, but as with Cleland and Fowler before him, not the second.


Don't forget, Cleland barely won his Senate seat in the first place, beating Millner by only 1.4%.


Cleland may have been a wounded Vet, but that doesn't allow him to vote against how most Georgians want.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread "And of course, your solution is to keep the illegals coming and restrict the property rights of Americans."

I must have been really hung over when I posted that 'solution.'  You wouldn't mind providing a link wherein I stated that, would you? I don't remember ever saying that. 

You can thank your other Dear Leader, Bill Clinton, for pushing the "most favored trade nation" agreement with China and killing most manufacturing of consumer goods here.

As a great American, who posts here often is wont to say:  "Not intended to be a factual statement."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DontTread 

And of course, your solution is to keep the illegals coming...

Ronaldo Reaganendez' 1986 amnesty says, "What?"

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Since Blank and the city of Atlanta were hellbent on getting the new stadium using the Super Bowl as an excuse, there is little doubt they will be bound to be in the bidding right up to the end.  Who knows what other cities/owners might feel as bound to bid as high - at least sometimes such auctions yield more than the underlying value.

It does not appear to have been much of a costly/competitive case with the Braves moving.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@Kamchak @DontTread  That it was wrong then as it is now.  The difference is that Reagan signed a bill passed by Congress to change the law, Obama signed a decree to ingore the law.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Which repeats the obvious question, WHY are municipal governments involved in the 'super bowl' bidding process at all?

It isn't like Cities are devoid of other pressing needs or other dubious expenditures unlikely to produce a return.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread @AuntieChrist   No one is disputing the "Most Favored Trade Nation" status of The People's Republic of China, nor that Clinton favored it.  What you infer was that Clinton 'pushed' the bill, and therefore is responsible solely for its ramifications. 

You conveniently ignore that it was passed when puppies controlled both houses, in the last year of a lame duck Presidency, with a President weakened by their bull-shot impeachment proceedings.

Is it you just ignore facts, are ignorant of the facts, or just plain ignorant?  

So, I repeat, Not intended to be a factual statement, (as is the case with any of Don't Read's statements.)