Ever wish that you too could get offered bribes for passing legislation, just like politicians get all the time?
Santa Clara voters will go to the polls in less than six weeks to decide on a ballot measure to build a $937 million stadium in what is now the Great America parking lot area. It's no accident that this announcement from the NFL comes not barely a month before that election.
NFL Super Bowl Advisory Committee said in a press release, reprinted in full in the San Jose Merc, that it "has notified the San Francisco 49ers that it supports the plan to build a new stadium in Santa Clara and will support and encourage a Super Bowl bid for a game to be played in the proposed new stadium."
Wait, is there fine print or devils in details here? Notice the phrase "encourage a Super Bowl bid". That doesn't mean anything.
Still, it's a powerful suggestion. And Santa Clara voters can expect to perhaps receive one or two pieces of direct mail reminding them of this suggestion.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer whose boss is going to want a good explanation for all these "Undie Run" videos in his web browser history.