Sid Hartman: Stadium proposal has Vikings excited

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 12:34 AM

Mark Wilf called the agreement a compromise, but one that has the team enthusiastic nonetheless.

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tmack24Mar. 4, 1210:54 PM

Please correct me if I am wrong, the Wilf's are basically stating that with a new stadium; do not expect a championship. They may possibly spend the revenue from it on themselves and may possibly be promising the fans nothing in return, only exception being a possible tailgaiting area. Hmm, something fans might want to think about, see Twins and where they are sitting now, and who is investing the money and where it is going, last place is not fun is it? Just a thought, been there, done that, learning anything?

ottlukkMar. 5, 1212:04 AM

"Mark Wilf called the agreement aa compromise, but one that has the team enthusiastic nonetheless". "compromise" !!!! what a crock! Skipping the fact that this extortion won't get by the Mpls city council, much less the legislature (because of the fantasy money that might come from pulltabs), why would any serious proposal give "naming rights" (and the revenues) to the Vikings? I would love to see Mr. Hartmann tell me what the value of those naming rights might be. And why it was given away to the Vikings in their "closed door" negotiations, as opposed to giving these proceeds to the taxpayers of the state.

kidcann2Mar. 5, 1212:05 AM

I predict the Vikes to do something similar to the Twins. Maybe a big signing or two for the first year in the new palace, and then a salary cutting rampage with a record that will reflect it! No incentive to win--a sold out palace, huge TV revenue, tons of cash through NFL Properties and assorted other cash flow. Sit back and watch the bucks role in. On another note--what is this "People's Stadium" nonsense? In the first place it won't be located in the middle of downtown Pyongyang. Most of the "People" won't be able to afford a ticket to a major event held there. If we truly own the stadium, when can we look forward to our checks for the naming rights to arrive in the mail?

alanam8Mar. 5, 1212:11 AM

I'm sure the Wilf family and their PR firm greatly appreciate Sid's willingness to print their press releases uncritically. I'm now looking forward to those same PR flacks writing comically cardboard comments of support in 3, 2, 1 ...

dlmoverseasMar. 5, 12 1:00 AM

Where is the NFL's contribution? With projected annual revenues of 9 BILLION DOLLARS! Whith the best interest of the league, where is their contribution???

twelvegaugeMar. 5, 12 3:03 AM

shut up and pay up or they leave. thats the way the world works like it or not. i like the vikings, i will pay up, happily. if you dont like it, move, go see how much fun other non-nfl cities are during football season.

gildedrodentMar. 5, 12 6:51 AM

Let's face it! The Ramsey County/Arden Hills Munitions site been "denonated" by the City of MPLS, Mark Dayton and the Wilf Bros.!

getoutofhereMar. 5, 12 6:56 AM

Don't embarrass yourself, Sid.----You know very well that if you and/or the other ST writers who are pro stadium went out to New York (if this deal is completed) the Wilfs wouldn't deign to wipe their feet on you. Have the courage to protect your fellow Minnesotans. The proposed stadium deal is a financial disaster for the state and City of Minneapolis---Please don't sell us out.

rockanatreeMar. 5, 12 7:02 AM

RE: Where is the NFL's contribution?-----Going to the Wilf's, of course. Between that and the rise in the value of THEIR franchise after the first shovel hits the ground, the Wilf's won't spend a dime on this.

murphydogMar. 5, 12 7:27 AM

NFL Experience and other amenities.--What, prey tell is this NFL experience? Is it having your pockets picked and enjoying it?


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