Editorial: Seat licenses should not come as a shock

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  • Updated: November 15, 2012 - 7:06 AM

Why is Dayton surprised Vikings are trying to maximize profits?

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erikj3Nov. 14, 12 7:07 PM

The last time I attended a sporting event (at the Dome, at least), I got beer spilled on my by a drunken fan. Attending games simply isn't worth it, because you can watch on TV for free, drink a few beers that don't cost $10 each, and you don't have to deal with drunken louts either!

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yathinksoNov. 14, 12 7:25 PM

Wilf lied. Very simple. He said HE was going to contribute to the Vikings stadium. Instead, the taxpayers and the Vikings fans via PSL's are funding the majority of the stadium costs. Again, Zygi Wilf is a liar and one horrible owner. Maybe he should have all home games played in London and we wouldn't need to build a stadium.

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bluedevil101Nov. 14, 12 7:40 PM

That Dayton didn't read the bill, you call that disappointing. I call it incompetence. Sorry Gov...you didn't know who you were playing ball with. From the Vikings letter, it looks like they are moving forward with seat licenses of some sort. Are you going to urge the lame ducks to void the deal? Are you going to ask you party to reverse the deal come January? What's your next move, Gov 1%?

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keychaNov. 14, 12 7:57 PM

If the goal of the Wilf's was to maximize profits at all costs; they should have built it themseleves and sought only tax increment financing fronm the state. PSL's shouldn't be a big surprise for those who have followed the model used by other franchises in the league. It really goes back to just because you can do something does not mean you should do it.

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a6699fNov. 14, 12 8:25 PM

"How many average citizens who own season tickets can afford a fee like that?" Heck, how many average citizens can afford season tickets?

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bluedevil101Nov. 14, 12 8:33 PM

Don't blame the Wilf's. They did what businessmen in the NFL do. They try and insure profits in a big way. This is Dayton's incompetence and Republican lies. Had the Republicans done what they campaigned on, holding the line on government, this would have gone done and never made it to Dayton. It's laughable to me how it worked out for them: They lied to all of Minnesota...allowed the stadium bill to pass even with overwhelming opposition from the citizens...and then lost the election to boot...and now, the total incompetence of the Gov and the lies, lies and more lies of the GOP on the stadium issue have come home to roost. Unless the Gov has the spine to ask the lame ducks or his party (which claims to stand for the middle class) to rescind the bill, you stadium supporters are stuck. Tough bounce I guess.

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andrew172Nov. 14, 12 8:36 PM

"Not surprisingly, given the project's magnitude and complexity, some details were not fully understood, and some differences still remain." This is what happens when you do things last minute and don't think through the details. In the final analysis, the people will get the short end of the stick and yet again, government gets taken to the cleaners while business owners laugh all the way to the bank. When will we learn the government makes terrible, terrible, terrible business decisions? Remember this when the "average guy or gal" gets squeezed out. Remember it was a democrat who championed a position on behalf of the rich business owner! This is a joke.

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springer20dNov. 14, 12 8:43 PM

If you didn't see this coming, you are blind.

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boris123Nov. 14, 12 9:02 PM

"Wilf lied. Very simple. He said HE was going to contribute to the Vikings stadium. Instead, the taxpayers and the Vikings fans via PSL's are funding the majority of the stadium costs....". Do you not realize that all of the money, every last red cent that the Vikings aka Wilf and partners have comes from you? You take it out of your wallet to pay for tickets or manufactures' products sponsoring NFL games. The networks sell advertising time and charge with a profit the beer manufacturers who in turn enter thoses costs under marketing which is then baked into the price with a profit which you pay to consume that beer. There is no escaping that all cost are paid by consumers. To think that the NFL and each franchise does not develop market intelligence that tells them how much their customers are willing to pay including seat licenses is extremely naive. If you want the govt to set prices, then nationalize the NFL otherwise let the NFL run ther business....which they have extremely successful at doing.

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swmnguyNov. 14, 12 9:57 PM

With the earsplitting drunken profane brawl the Vikings are promoting in the stands, I don't mind how much they want to charge their fans to attend in person. I've been to two games in 27 years, 10 or so years apart, and it was appalling and dangerous both times. I suppose if you want to go to a place to get blind drunk, scream obscenities and fight, you should have to pay a hefty membership fee to be immune from consequences. The exorbitant cost might keep the unwary from having a bad experience. I'd rather watch the game in a dive bar, frankly; it's a safer, cheaper, more sober, and less profane environment.

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