I'm composing this note in Ah hooo ah hooo ah hoooo Viking Purple. My first question to the Vikings (and the NFL is) - HAVE YOU READ A NEWSPAPER lately? My second question is that even if you feel you deserve a new stadium - Have you earned it? In most businesses/ways of life you need to be hard working and successful to have things given to you. (ummm you're on strike and have never won a superbowl.)
Our national deficit has reached its limit. The unemployment rate is crazy. And you think that since you're putting in $400 million that it's okay for the taxpayers to foot the rest? Maybe during the 90's America was stupid enough to buy into your 30-60 deal, but you didn't seal the deal then. And I hope for the sakes of Minnesotans you don't this time either. Have you turned on the news today? It doesn't matter if you're a right-wing radio HTBTWTT (have to be told what to think) entitlist or a lefty-NPR liberal EEIAI (everyone else is an idiot) elitist. Even the crazies on both sides understand cuts are being made all around. These are cuts so that people can eat for the Love of God.
Why don't we ask each player to contribute in order to keep their job? Cuts are being made all over the place. Whether it be a furlough or shortened work week. NFL and Ziggy this is stupid. If I were the Governor of MN you wouldn't be seeing a cent. I love football more than most people. But I love rationality more. This is stupid. T'hell with the Queens and taxing people only for another losing season.
Below is the article from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal - Goodell: NFL to contribute toward Vikings stadiumMinneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - by Ed Stych, Web ProducerDate: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 10:43am CDTNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, after meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday, said the league will contribute financially toward a new Vikings stadium.Goodell, who was in town for court-ordered talks aimed at ending the league’s lockout, said he’ll reveal details in the next few days about what the NFL would contribute. Metropolitan Sports Facilities Chairman Ted Mondale said Goodell may take a more active role in the stadium debate, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
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An NFL contribution had been presumed by the Vikings, and the $407 million contribution the team has offered towards an Arden Hills stadium includes the NFL's money too.
Regarding possible NFL funding, Mondale said, "We presume it's something. How much? (I’m) not particularly sure, but a range would help all of us.”
Goodell said he toured the Arden Hills site where the Vikings want to build the new stadium on Monday, the Star Tribune reported.The Vikings feel “very strongly” about the Arden Hills location, the commissioner said.
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The Vikings would contribute $407 million to the building of the facility under a plan between the team and Ramsey County. The county would raise $350 million through a sales tax, and the state would contribute $300 million.
Gov. Dayton said Tuesday that he was holding firm to $300 million as a maximum contribution from the state, and that figure needed to include road improvements that have been pegged at $175 million.
The Vikings think the road estimate is too high, and state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel said he was working on determining a final figure for the road costs, the Star Tribune reported.