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WTF! NFL a NFP? CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE 1/28/12 at 11 a.m.

   Would this person be in her/his right mind?

   Mr. League, a wealthy person, announces he wants to throw a party, in a private residence, for a lot of his wealthy friends. He has certain requirements, but insists he pay—nothing. He receives several responses. He picks Mr. Indy (I’m trying to make identities vague here), because Mr. Indy not only will not charge Mr. League any rent, but will pay all the costs—security, food, beverages (and Mr. League’s pals like to drink), and cleanup after the party. It turns out some of Mr. League’s friends are famous, so there is a clause in the contract whereby Mr. League derives revenues from any matters related to his friends’ appearance in the house. On top of it, Indy (okay; dropped some of the pretense) cannot take any advantage of the situation. Indy cannot even post signs about the matter. The party is held, Indy’s house is trashed, League leaves, and Indy is in debt for the pleasure of the party.

   This basically is what has happened with the Super Bowl ® and the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County.

   Gary Walsh, at the blog Advance Indiana, and Paul Ogden, at Ogden on Politics, have, amongst other bloggers, detailed pretty well how Indianapolis offered itself up to host a Super Bowl® no other city really wanted.

   Huh? All those other cities weren’t salivating to host the Super Bowl®?

   Maybe that’s because playing host to the Super Bowl is a bit like letting Tony soprano use your home to throw a little bash for his pals. MAJOR POINT: I am not saying organized crime has anything to do with the operations of the National Football League®. Organized crime, as nearly as I can tell from various book and articles, is organized for profit.  The NFL® is organized as a not-for-profit under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6). My comparison to anthony Soprano and the guys with whom he does "this thing we have" is the pressure put on the host city and the ways in which the host city is squeezed. Walsh and Ogden are more specific and set forth those matters quite thoroughly. But I would add the matter of signage, as I have said for the past few days.

  Chapter 986 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, under "LDL-3-Signs," requires a Limited Duration License ("LDL") for "temporary" signs. One must apply for a license, pay a fee, and obtain the license before she or he can display a sign PLUS twenty percent (20%) of the area of the sign must include THEIR (a/k/a the NFL®/Super Bowl’s ®) official logo. .

   The NFL® has received a freebie at the expense of the taxpayers of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County. Do our politicians know how to negotiate? I would compare our City leaders to prostitutes, but come on—hookers have better business savvy than the people who bartered (maybe not the right word) to play host to The Super Bowl®. Hookers make a profit at the end of the day.

   Now, to repeat of message already blogged: Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., "Civil Discourse Now" will film one or more acts of civil disobedience, defined by Black’s Law Dctionary: "A deliberate but nonviolent act of lawbreaking to call attention to a particular law or set of laws of questionable legitimacy or morality."

   The conduct will address corporate greed and oppression in its campaign to extract as much money as possible from the people of this County and State while Super Bowl® police quash free speech.

   Mark 01/28/12 on your calendars. And watch this web site. Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

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