To better understand the full implication of Prop 188, I requested a list of those regulations being considered by DCE under this proposal. They responded that they "cannot develop or propose regulation unless there is an ordinance in place". Come on. The City of Indianapolis, and DCE specifically, are undoubtedly aware of exactly what features the NFL wants in place in this ordinance. Like the Clean Zone, for instance.
So... I requested a copy of all correspondence between DCE and any representative of the 2012 Superbowl Committee. And, I asked City Legal for a copy of any agreement between the City and the NFL regarding Superbowl 2012. The former is still in process, but just last night I received a reply to the latter request.
They could not find any documents that fit my request :
The City of Indianapolis has undertaken a search of its public records and did not locate any records responsive to your request.There IS NO agreement between the City of Indianapolis and the NFL regarding Superbowl 2012 !
Let me get this straight -- the NFL unilaterally decided to lock in the location of the 2012 Superbowl, without written agreement on certain items, for instance:
Who will pay for police presence during the 2 week event?
Will the City provide, through its code enforcement and police force, the manpower to patrol and cite any vendors selling competing merchandise?
Will the City provide, through its code enforcement and police force, the manpower to patrol and cite any vendors using trademarked terms owned by the NFL - like the word 'superbowl'?
Will the City allow types of signage that are illegal inside Marion County without a variance?
Will the City allow the creation of 'clean zones' wherein the NFL will have final say as to who gets a vendor's license and for what purpose?
Will the City close specific streets to vehicular traffic to widen the NFL village to suit the purposes of the NFL?
The list goes on. There is a detailed agreement, for sure. The NFL wasn't born yesterday. Likely the City has used the 2012 Superbowl Committee to run legal interference so that John and Jane Q. Public only gets the information that Mayor Ballard and the NFL wants them to have.
So... I changed my request. As of last night, I have requested a copy of any agreement between the City of Indianapolis and any organization regarding the 2012 Superbowl.
When the City makes getting clear information in a timely manner difficult, you are forced to wonder - What are they trying to hide?