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Citizens Fund Stadium But Blackout Rule Persists - The Realities of the NFL

Roger Chamberlain walked off the floor of the Minnesota state senate having just watched as taxpayers went on the hook for an estimated $1 billion (at least) over 30 years for the construction, upkeep and debt service on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. He could only laugh in frustration. "What the NFL wants," the republican state senator said, "the NFL gets." All Chamberlain wanted was to assure that since so much taxpayer money was being handed over, those same taxpayers would be guaranteed local broadcasts of all Viking games no matter if the stadium was sold out. In effect, he wanted to make the NFL's blackout rule illegal in Minnesota. sounds like a reasonable request to me, and of course a request denied ... read more at link location

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