Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The government appointees who oversee U.S. Bank Stadium on behalf of taxpayers get a perk unavailable to most Minnesotans: free tickets to two lower-level luxury suites for all events held there. The suites are for marketing purposes but, they admit, friends and family are often in attendance. Taxpayers covered almost $500 million of the $1.1 billion cost of the stadium, but the public cannot find out who gets those 36 suite seats each game. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) members decline to say who joins them for complimentary food, beer and, in some cases, free parking in the same lot reserved for Vikings players and coaches. The Vikings sold "Norseman suites" identical to the two used by the MSFA for between $200,000 to $300,000 for the 10 NFL home games.

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Eric Boehm of Reason writes, "Maybe the best part of the story is the moment when two members of the MSFA board (chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale) try to justify their sweet, free, and secret perk by arguing that they 'work long hours on game days and spent long nights negotiating on behalf of taxpayers during construction of the building, so having friends and family there is reasonable.'"

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Professional sports is a waste of taxpayer money. Taxpayers constantly cry about paying $50,000 to a teacher or firefighter yet hardly blink an eye to $500,000,000 given to billionaires for playgrounds for their millionaire employees.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 09:30 AM | Reply

Governor Walker cut $300 Million from the University budget which has already cost us some of our top researchers since he also froze tuition forcing them to cut services. He then gave away $250 million to the Bucks for a new stadium where the same select few will go to every game but the vast majority of the taxpayers who paid for it will never walk through the doors and those that do will have to fork up a good chunk of change to see what their tax money paid for.

#2 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2016-11-29 11:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is surprising why?

Professional sports is a waste of taxpayer money.

Agreed.... its crony capitalism.

Taxpayers constantly cry about paying $50,000 to a teacher or firefighter yet hardly blink an eye to $500,000,000 given to billionaires for playgrounds for their millionaire employees.
#1 | POSTED BY 726

Thats false 726, we complain about stadiums too. I don't mind teachers making more, I just know that giving "education" more money doesn't end up in the teachers checks or the students education.

28 kids at $12K a year is what we pay per class room here in the US. How much do the Teachers or even equipment do the students get? Where does it go?

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2016-11-29 11:22 AM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

Walker is a putz, his top fundraiser (Jon Hammes) is an owner of the Bucks...... just like this article crony capitalism strikes again.

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2016-11-29 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

28 kids at $12K a year is what we pay per class room here in the US. How much do the Teachers or even equipment do the students get? Where does it go?

#3 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Are you even being serious? That's not a lot. You never think things through. You always just post.

You have to pay teachers, admin, and building maintenance. But you also have the costs of the buildings themselves along with utilities. And frankly that adds up huge. A tiny portion goes to extracurricular activities.

Where did you think the money went? Stop acting likely something nefarious is going on in education. Most Private schools are 25-100% more expensive. And they generally don't have to pay for special education or put up with problem students (they can expel easily).

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-11-29 02:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

-Most Private schools are 25-100% more expensive

link?

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2016-11-29 02:10 PM | Reply

#2

the vikings play in minnesota, walker is gov of wisconsin

#7 | Posted by cjk85 at 2016-11-29 05:02 PM | Reply

the vikings play in minnesota, walker is gov of wisconsin

You perhaps missed the point of comparing two different governmental authorities engaging in ethically questionable spending practices surrounding professional sports arenas.

#8 | Posted by dylanfan at 2016-11-30 01:04 PM | Reply

The elites (financial, political, academic, etc) thrive on crony corruption.

They are in a special insider club where self serving is their only mission and propaganda the vehicle to deflect. Meanwhile we the little people/sheeple masses thrive on beating each other to death over partisan ideology. Until we actually wake up and start figuratively beating to death those who thrive on corruption and partisan behavior, things will not ever change.

#9 | Posted by Robson at 2016-11-30 06:54 PM | Reply

When is a bribe, not a bribe? Depends on who gets the perk or cash. Hillery got at least 150,000,000 while she was Sec. of State. Maybe it belonged to the "foundation" but the keys to the cash box were in her and Bill's grubby hands.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-11-30 07:39 PM | Reply

the Clintons took pay to play to a level that may never be reached in my grandson's lifetime.

#11 | Posted by scooter28054 at 2016-12-01 08:27 AM | Reply

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