T-shirts could aid Vikings' stadium bid

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2011 - 7:24 AM

A 10 percent sports memorabilia tax would yield $17.6 million a year.

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leifericsonApr. 22, 1110:03 PM

This is looking better and better all the time! Sign me up for a couple more jerseys! Go Vikes!

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PLHurdlerApr. 22, 1110:13 PM

Funny first line... there's no such thing as a Wild poster.

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gankmanApr. 22, 1110:22 PM

Looks like I'll be buying all my Twins and Wild Gear from online websites. 10%, come on. Minnesota stores will lose more sales in the end. Wake up, we have a thing called internet and purchases do not have to be made in this state.

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jjsbrwApr. 22, 1110:26 PM

75,000 seat stadium. 10 games per year. 750,000 Vikings patrons. $10/GAME surtax. ($20/GAME for any post season). Minimum $7.5 million per year. Start there, then talk about other "revenue streams". Put every patron's skin in the game first.

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realworld10Apr. 22, 1110:29 PM

We said "NO TAXPAYER MONEY".

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MoojaApr. 22, 1110:37 PM

Looks like we have Nostradamus in the budget committee. What happens when the State co-signs for several hundred million dollars and no one buys the t-shirts? Who's on the hook to pay off that loan? Taxpayers. NFL needs to operate like every other private business and fund their own place of business. They have plenty to spare. Stop harassing working taxpayers.

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gsacksApr. 22, 1110:38 PM

On the one hand, I'm sure that the Twins, Wild, etc., would be against a sports memorabilia tax to fund a Vikings stadium. Any increase in cost is going to result in reduced sales and revenue for those teams. On the other hand, the Twins are already benefiting from taxes on items sold throughout Hennepin County by other merchants, so fair is fair. Not sure what the Xcel Energy Center is funded by, but I'm sure it is someone besides the Wild...

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tpatmahoApr. 22, 1110:46 PM

Absolutely ludicrous. How about if the Jersey Viking just pays for it. Much simpler that way. Not to mention more honest.

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treddleApr. 22, 1110:49 PM

This is a great idea as long as the tax only applies to NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL sports apparel. But that will not raise enough cash to finance the stadium. Anyone that does needs electro-shock therapy. The only way to go is to raise a state wide tax (oxygen tax, heart beat tax, whatever). Then build the stadium in Duluth. Giter done! SKOOL!

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SqUaReD80Apr. 22, 1110:58 PM

Just build it already.

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