Stadium plan gives public less in Vikings’ sale compared to Twins’

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2012 - 8:51 AM

As part of its push for a new stadium, the Vikings want the public's share of any team sale to be based on the profit, not the overall sale price.

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kivirl4Mar. 20, 12 9:24 PM

once again, you cant make this stuff. But they can. We find out more and more about how bad this so called deal is as time goes on. Who knows what else is in there we dont know about now. And I am surprised to think that Mondale did not even give an accurate answer. In the best case he was ignorant about that. I dont think he'd intentionally lie about it, but it sounds like he was not too open about it either. This just gets comical.

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reidMar. 20, 12 9:25 PM

The stench continues to pour off this deal. I think we know how this little word slip up got in the 70 page bill, buried deep inside. Hurry up, hurry up! Approve this at the last minute. Don't read the fine print. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. We finally get to see the sleaze bag operation for what it is... another way to screw the hard working taxpayer to maximize an already rich owner's trip to the bank.

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kivirl4Mar. 20, 12 9:26 PM

I am truly incensed by how this was talked about, but almost purposely hidden from the public. What kind of shell game do we have going on here?

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kivirl4Mar. 20, 12 9:29 PM

The Wilfs and the stadium proponents just have to cringe when they read this stuff. They thought this would never come out. My question is, how much more dont we know about. I have to get a copy of the agreement and read it word for word.

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sharkysharkMar. 20, 12 9:32 PM

Every nickel of public money should be paid back with interest if the team is sold. The multi-use argument is a non-starter. Only the Vikings are asking for a new stadium. Everyone else is fine with the Metrodome. The "people" don't need it and won't pay for it.

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schlar01Mar. 20, 1210:02 PM

There is nothing wrong with basing the amount of money the states gets based on profit. Most people would measure it that way.

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pmarc078Mar. 20, 1210:03 PM

Drip drip drip.... Everyday we hear some other little detail buried in the fine print which illustrates what a terrible deal this is for the taxpayers....

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clariconMar. 20, 1210:03 PM

Contact your elected representatives now so this tax boondoggle is stopped. Use the only tool they understand, being unelected!

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ottlukkMar. 20, 1210:11 PM

Red McCombs walked awaay with a $350 Million profit when he sold out to Zwilf. This scam reminds me of the "Rockford Files" James Garner. He didn't get any cut of the gross on his successful series, only a cut of the "profits". He sued. He found out that one of the "expenses" was a daily $50,000 to ferry the episodes to whatever station they were playing on. Does not take a lot of imagination to figure out what "expenses" the Vikings would come up with to stick it to Minnesota taxpayers. First of all would be "lobbying". If this actually passes, we would be paying to stick it to ourselves!

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bondlakeMar. 20, 1210:13 PM

What this verifies, of course, is that Ted Mondale is nothing more than a lackey for the 1%. The revered Mr. Mondale would get credit for "saving" the Vikings, perhaps some skybox passes, and become a bona fide member of "The Club." Why, just WHY is it that the taxpayers are always the ones who get screwed? Wilf is a BILLIONAIRE, folks. The NFL is a MULTI-BILLION dollar a year business. NFL TV contracts are huge and are about to be even more obscene. STOP THIS WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS!!!!!!!!!!

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