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Continued: Tevlin: For All-Star Game, what rights did we give up?

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 3, 2014 - 5:20 PM

The agreement states that the city established a clean zone “around Target Field during the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and related events, where temporary sales, vending, entertainment, signs and related special event permits will not be approved or issued by the City of Minneapolis without the additional approval of Major League Baseball.”

Asked if the arrangement could set a precedent for, say, a likely NFL Super Bowl at the new Vikings stadium, Samuelson said, “absolutely.”

That could mean that American Indians wouldn’t be allowed anywhere close to the stadium if they wanted to protest the name of the Washington Redskins, as they have done in the past, Samuelson said.

Hoy disagrees.

“Major League Baseball’s interest is not to limit free speech or commerce,” said Hoy. “It’s in our interests for all businesses to reap the benefits of the game, not constrain them. We’re trying to showcase the city.”

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702 Follow Jon on Twitter: @jontevlin

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