There is no issue facing this state for which Representative Phyllis Kahn (DFL, Berkeley-via-Minneapolis) can’t come up with a tortuous government intervention.
The Vikings stadium? Natch; she wants to the state to sell shares, Packers-style, to give the state and “the people” a 70% share in the team:
The community ownership idea has been floated before but Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said Monday she would introduce legislation to require Gov. Mark Dayton and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to work with the National Football League to make it happen. The commission owns the downtown Minneapolis Metrodome, the team’s home for nearly 30 years.
“Dayton asked for all ideas to be put on the table and that’s exactly what I’m doing here,” said Kahn. “No single idea [for funding a new stadium] has gained enough traction to pass the Legislature.”
But remember – this isn’t a 1920′s-era Wisconsin businessman proposing the idea. It’s Phyllis Kahn, a woman for whom I’d make a joking comparison to some off-the-charts lefty whackdoodle, except that I can’t really think of anyone in Minnesota that’s farther out than her, so it just doesn’t work.
And, given that, we have to ask “what would a publicly-owned Minnesota Vikings look like under a plan involving Phyllis Kahn?
10. The Vikings would be at the Legislature begging for Local Government Aid every odd-numbered year.
9. The team would be required to participate in affirmative action to ensure they signed enough minorities.
8. The team name would need to be changed to something more reflective of Minnesota’s changing ethnography. Something less violent. In tune with the changing times. Perhaps “The Minnesota Womyn”.
7. The team’s training camp would need to provide vegan options in the cafeteria.
6. The actual footballs would have to be made with no animal products.
5. NFL Players Association: Out. SEIU: In. (Bonus: No need to change uniform colors).
4. The team would have to open roster spots for women, the handicapped, transgendered and non-athletic.
3. Rather than referees, each game would be decided by the crowd reaching a 90% consensus on all alleged rules violations, followed by a restorative justice process.
2. The team would be required to travel to the games via mass transit or bicycle
1. Blocking and tackling would need to be done verbally (including well-defined “safe words”) rather than via violence.