A Minnesota state legislator has introduced legislation to block tax breaks to the NFL in exchange for landing a future Super Bowl, and — omigod, it’s this guy:
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
Anyway, Rep. Pat Garofalo (not to be confused with the not-crazy Pat Garofalo at ThinkProgress [UPDATE: now the not-crazy Pat Garofalo at USNews, my bad]) wants to make sure that the NFL has to pay taxes on things like hotel stays and restaurant bills if the Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis, which is eminently reasonable, except that the NFL insists on not paying taxes on those things as a condition of granting the game to your city. The bill is an okay media stunt to point out the NFL’s kickback demands, though, which at least means Rep. Garofalo’s bill-crafting staffers are somewhat more on the ball than his social media director.