Let’s see now. I’m making a list;
- The city of Minneapolis
- The State of Minnesota
- The Taxpayers of Minnesota
- The Taxpayers of Minneapolis
- People with gambling addictions
- People who visit downtown Minneapolis
And lastly, but not leastly the fans of the Minnesota Vikings.
Anyone else on my list? My list BTW, of people who have been officially screwed by the Ziggy Wilf and the National Football League, the Minnesota franchise to be specific.
Hmmm… no one I can think of, then again I’ve covered about the entire population of the state of Minnesota.
So why am I revisiting this dead issue yet again? Well, a couple reasons. First off the Vikings announced the pricing on their seat licenses today. For those of you not as tuned into the current methodology sports teams use to stick it to their fans, seat licenses are little bills if you will, or not so little, that the team charges fans, always when a new stadium is being built or a serious remodel undertaken, for the privilege of buying season tickets. Again the privilege, not the actual ticket. So in the Vikings case, if you are a season ticket holder at that horrible and decrepit old stadium, the Metrodome, you know the one, it’s the stadium that Roger Godel and the NFL were so happy to tell us was no longer appropriate for an NFL Football team and therefore we owed it to Ziggy and the Vikings to spend our tax monies to build a new building so that their privately owned team in their privately owned league would have a place to run their private business while sucking off massive public subsidies, ensuring that the business is profitable.
Ok I’m running on a bit, you get the idea.
Average fan will have to shell out $2500 PER SEAT to buy season tickets in the new stadium.
That’s before the $125 a per game per seat. Clearly this NFL thing isn’t a family friendly business. But it is a business and if they can get so be it.
Rant rant rant.
This stadium deal was a horrible one two years ago when it was in the works and I wrote about then. As a matter of fact I took quite a bit of heat from Vikings fans who accused me of being biased and one-sided because I had the audacity to suggest that the finance package being put together by the Governor and the Wilfs was seriously bad deal for Minnesota taxpayers and the city of Minneapolis. I even suggested that we should take the team up on their gun-to-our-heads approach to ramming this thing through and invite them to leave, like they kept threatening.
Go. Better question from them would have been “go where” but whatever.
Pull tabs to pay $400M in Wilfare. Pu-leese.
Well, I’m typically not a sore loser, much of one anyway. And I do enjoy watching footie on TV, and I do like the Vikings, I just don’t like be extorted for tax dollars, so I shut up and admitted defeat and moved on. Watched the games like a good fan.
(BTW it took this baseball fan 5 years to get to a Twins game because I was kinda upset about the deal the Twins put down on the city for their stadium. Not to mention a day at Twins ballpark is ex-pen-SIVE)
However, I’m now thinking that perhaps I was too hasty in my defeat, perhaps that even when a bill is passed and the budgets are made, you can still be a spoiled sport and kick that old ball deep in the woods. The Republicans are showing me that this might be an option; intervene now, the finance package is falling apart, the Wilfs are having all kind of legal problems elsewhere in the country, and now the fans are about to get a good double barrel screwing in the old pocketbook, which our dear Governor, Mark Dayton begged the Vikings not to but in the end, they couldn’t resist. And yes if I’m consistent I have to say that if the Wilf’s want to charge seat licenses it Is their prerogative, after all it’s their business. But since we low level lackeys are paying for it with our taxes… We do get a say.
I would suggest that we cancel the deal with team, tell old Ziggy WIlf to get out here and renegotiate a deal that makes sense to Minnesota and which doesn’t look quite so much like a blatant deep dive into the public tough. Or take your team elsewhere. Where? No clue, cities aren’t exactly lining up to take on new NFL franchises, even LA, the second biggest market in the country.. folks in Los Angeles don’t want to pay for a team. And to be honest I love the fact that the NFL is trying every way to Sunday to get a franchise in there. It has to be embarrassing for them to have been shut out of that market because folks have other things to do than waste time or money on a football franchise. It’s L-Freak’n-A for gawds sake, they soo have other things to do dude.
Wish we had some of that LA Swagger here. Want to have an entertainment business in Minnesota, glad to have ya, just pay your own way.