Sean Hannity just happened to mention during an interview with Joe Theismann last night that he’ll be going to the Super Bowl tomorrow. That got me curious about how much “regular guy” Hannity – you know, the one who loves Wal Mart and mocks “elites” – might be paying for such a jaunt. Lots, as I suspected. But while I was researching the matter, I discovered that Mr. Maker, Not A Taker, will be reaping (i.e. taking) the benefits of quite a nice chunk of corporate welfare.
As it turns out, last minute tickets for this year’s Super Bowl tickets are a bit of a bargain. According to ESPN, “the get-in price, hovering around $1,400, is about $1,000 cheaper than it was at this time last year.” But that amount will be “roughly 25 percent of your total cost and that’s doing it frugally,” ESPN adds, noting that hotels run $700 to $1,400 a night with three-night minimums. Plus there’s airfare, meals, etc. But Hannity could be shelling out more. The Huffington Post estimates last-minute tickets at $1,322 to $136,380 each.
But whatever he pays (or doesn’t), Hannity will be enjoying the game at the expense of the rest of us.
From Think Progress:
The tenth Super Bowl played in New Orleans, and the first since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, will kickoff in a stadium that has received more than $470 million in public support since the storm, as taxpayers have footed the bill for renovations and upgrades in the face of threats from ownership and the National Football League to move the team to another city.
…The Superdome certainly needed renovations following Katrina. But its original construction was financed solely by taxpayers, and (Saints owner Tom) Benson, who is worth roughly $1.6 billion, didn’t contribute and repeatedly hinted that the Saints would move to San Antonio, Los Angeles, or another city unless taxpayers ponied up. Kennedy, the state treasurer, told Bloomberg he went into negotiations with the NFL and Benson “with a gun against my head.”
Think Hannity will be thanking any of us for helping him to enjoy the game in person tomorrow?
Hannocchio may hangout in the VIP area, probably in the Saint’s club house, complete with wide screen plasma televisions, seating area, a bar (Hannocchio’s favorite hangout) and free food. Or he could watch the game at one of the corporate boxes, complete with free food, widescreen televisions and a bar (Hannocchio’s favorite hangout).
Hannocchio’s favorite hangouts included a bar, fine cigars and with people other than his wife. Yeah, we know all about it.
Maybe Slanthead some has extra money left from his Freedom Concerts scam.
Which reminds me of another little scam at taxpayers expense.
As early as 1986, Davis sought to abandon the Coliseum in favor of a more modern stadium. The neighborhood around Exposition Park was considered dangerous at the time (which caused the NFL to schedule the Raiders’ Monday Night Football appearances as away games – the NFL would not even consider allowing the Raiders to use Anaheim Stadium for Monday night games). In addition to sharing the venue with the USC Trojans, the Coliseum was aging and still lacked the luxury suites and other amenities that Davis was promised when he moved the Raiders to Los Angeles.17 Finally, the Coliseum had 95,000 seats and the Raiders were rarely able to fill all of them even in their best years, and so most Raiders home games were blacked out in Southern California. Numerous venues in California were considered, including one near Hollywood Park in Inglewood and another in Carson. In August 1987, it was announced that the city of Irwindale paid Davis USD $10 million as a good-faith deposit for a prospective stadium site.18 When the bid failed, Davis kept the non-refundable deposit.1920
It could the reason prices are down this year is because last years game had the New York Giants, home of Wall Street and corporate America.
The NFL does allow the participating teams to sell tickets to their season ticket holders but only because they want to hear cheering and create an atmosphere to get fan reaction for the tv cameras. Basically those in the stands are the real elites who just need an excuse to get drunk while using the disguise of entertaining clients to get a tax write off.
With all my love,