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    I am glad that I have a student teacher so that I can dedicate time at work to think about important things.... like the Vikings.

    The Vikings lease on the Metrodome is set to expire in 2011 & with no clear cut option on the table, both sides need to step it up and work on a compromise. I think that it is safe to say that it will not be a tax increase (especially with Pawlenty in office until the end of 2010) given our current economic crunch here in MN. I also don't see the Wilfs/Vikings taking the possible option of buying the Metrodome and renovating it. They (the Wilfs, other NFL owners, & the NFL) want nice, big, shiny, new stadiums so I see renovation as being out of the question.

    I think that our best options for some sort of public funding (which I am partially in favor of, depending on the options/outcome) would come from a combination of:

    1) "Racinos" ~ Let's put slot machines at Canterbury Downs & Running Aces. I would also be in favor of allowing slot machines at the new stadium. I know that this would go against current state law (see Indian Gaming Regulatory Act), but this is an issue that could be brought to the MN public in the form of an amendment vote on the ballot. Upon paying off the set amount needed for the stadium, the funds from the slots could then be diverted into the general fund.

    2) Have a lottery game (scratch off style) in which proceeds go directly towards the funding of the stadium. Once then necessary amount has been reached, the game could then be discontinued.

    3) Create an additional option for license plates. Similar to the "critical habitat" license plates, the additional fee necessary for purchasing these license plates would be used for funding the building of a new stadium & this option of license plates could be made unavailable once the amount needed has been reached.

    4) Let's get the NFL to pony up some money for the building of stadiums for their teams. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar a year organization. They are pushing hard for new stadiums to be built, so why not put the money where their collective mouth is...

    I think that these options would only work if coupled with a significant amount of $ paid by the Vikings organization itself &/or the NFL ponying up.

    I love my Vikings and I would be heart-broken if they were to end up leaving town. I don't see a move to L.A. as a current legitimate option, but a couple of years down the line it could be.

    Anyway these are just my thoughts.

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by The_Dude; 02-22-2010, 02:41 PM. Reason: self-imposed grammar police
    Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
    Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

  • #2
    You neglected to mention something that is also a big factor in all this:

    The Vikings need to find a corporate sponsor for the new stadium! My main suggestions are Verizon Wireless and Best Buy.

    I like the Verizon idea for a few reasons:
    -One of the biggest original wireless companies in MN was Midwest Wireless (which was bought by Alltell, which was bought by Verizon) so they have a strong base in Minnesota
    - It is becoming popular to offer wireless network access while at sporting events, and Verizon could get an investment in the stadium by being the sole provider of that service (which usually costs the consumer a price to use that access) this is for things like your iPhone to connect to the internet so you can update your facebook status and pictures while at the game, or check fantasy stats for your team while there. It is not for things like phone service, just to be clear.

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    • #3
      I have no idea. It seems logical, but it probably won't happen.

      sig by fenikz
      Originally posted by ImBrotherCain
      You are just a terrible person.
      Originally posted by bigbluedefense
      I have an iPhone.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by B-rand View Post
        You neglected to mention something that is also a big factor in all this:

        The Vikings need to find a corporate sponsor for the new stadium! My main suggestions are Verizon Wireless and Best Buy.

        I like the Verizon idea for a few reasons:
        -One of the biggest original wireless companies in MN was Midwest Wireless (which was bought by Alltell, which was bought by Verizon) so they have a strong base in Minnesota
        - It is becoming popular to offer wireless network access while at sporting events, and Verizon could get an investment in the stadium by being the sole provider of that service (which usually costs the consumer a price to use that access) this is for things like your iPhone to connect to the internet so you can update your facebook status and pictures while at the game, or check fantasy stats for your team while there. It is not for things like phone service, just to be clear.
        You are correct, but i think that corporate sponsorships are usually given out after the stadium has been built as a money making practice for the stadium ownership rather than fund raising for the building of the stadium.

        I love the idea of local sponsorships for local stadiums. I was very happy that the Twins sold the naming rights to Target & I would like the Vikings to do something similar like with Best Buy, Cargill, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, etc.
        Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
        Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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        • #5
          Sticking this thread so all stadium related chat goes into this topic
          "Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whomever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya."

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          • #6
            I don't see anything positive happening.


            http://minnesotasportstwentyfourseven.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              not in the current economic conditions.

              who knows what the popularity of the new twins stadium might due to sway some people's opinions
              Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
              Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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              • #8
                I just hope this pans out for the Vikings. I don't live in Minnesota so I don't know how good of a Governor Pawlenty is. But it seems to me that he doesn't have their pro football franchise on the top of their priorities. I understand that it's hard, but when you have a team in one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, you'd think that you'd do everything to keep them around right?

                sig by fenikz
                Originally posted by ImBrotherCain
                You are just a terrible person.
                Originally posted by bigbluedefense
                I have an iPhone.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by vikes_28 View Post
                  I just hope this pans out for the Vikings. I don't live in Minnesota so I don't know how good of a Governor Pawlenty is. But it seems to me that he doesn't have their pro football franchise on the top of their priorities. I understand that it's hard, but when you have a team in one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, you'd think that you'd do everything to keep them around right?
                  I'm not all that up on Pawlenty either, although I do live in MN, due mainly to the fact that I am only 17. I do think he and the state government do want to keep the team here, but want to do it as cheap as possible, and would probably prefer to put it off as long as possible, probably in hope that the recession will get over and the budget crisis/deficit will get better.

                  sig by BK and avy by me
                  Originally posted by A Perfect Score
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                  • #10
                    T-Paw is out after 2010. The problem is that a DFL Gov will probably also be against public funding for a stadium. The state's economy has to right itself before this will get serious consideration... either that or the lease actually has to expire to light a fire under the arses of the legislature. We'll see.
                    Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
                    Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by marshallb View Post
                      I'm not all that up on Pawlenty either, although I do live in MN, due mainly to the fact that I am only 17. I do think he and the state government do want to keep the team here, but want to do it as cheap as possible, and would probably prefer to put it off as long as possible, probably in hope that the recession will get over and the budget crisis/deficit will get better.
                      You're only 17? I thought you were older than that.

                      sig by fenikz
                      Originally posted by ImBrotherCain
                      You are just a terrible person.
                      Originally posted by bigbluedefense
                      I have an iPhone.

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                      • #12
                        Per PFT:

                        http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ion-is-coming/

                        Mark Wilf remains confident that a stadium solution is coming
                        Posted by Mike Florio on April 7, 2010 11:35 PM ET
                        As the Minnesota Twins launch their long-coveted baseball stadium, the Minnesota Vikings continue to wait for their own new digs.

                        Perhaps the wait won't be all that much longer.

                        Team president Mark Wilf said Wednesday that he's hopeful that state lawmakers will address the problem this year. "There's five weeks to go in our legislative session here and we're confident that we can still reach a resolution to get a stadium solution," Wilf said, per the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. "We're working hard with legislative leaders to get a solution done and a lot of very creative and good ideas have come forward and we feel something will get done this session."

                        But what if it doesn't? "The reality is we're competing with 31 other teams, of which 28 have new stadiums in the last 15 years or major renovations," Wilf said. "We're fighting an uphill battle and that upstream fight can only go on so long."

                        Wilf didn't say that the Vikings would look to move if a solution isn't reached. But he doesn't have to. The Vikings become stadium free agents after he 2011 season. And L.A. is waiting.
                        Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
                        Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vikes_28 View Post
                          You're only 17? I thought you were older than that.
                          haha nope, I'll be 18 in 4 days though!!!!

                          sig by BK and avy by me
                          Originally posted by A Perfect Score
                          If a girl is sucking me off, and I look down and shes beating off a **** of her own, I am absolutely going to tell her to stop. 100% of the time. Explain that ****.

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                          • #14
                            Here's a little bit of good news on the stadium. Not much, but a little bit of a positive.:
                            http://www.startribune.com/politics/...tml?page=1&c=y

                            sig by BK and avy by me
                            Originally posted by A Perfect Score
                            If a girl is sucking me off, and I look down and shes beating off a **** of her own, I am absolutely going to tell her to stop. 100% of the time. Explain that ****.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The_Dude
                              1) "Racinos" ~ Let's put slot machines at Canterbury Downs & Running Aces. I would also be in favor of allowing slot machines at the new stadium. I know that this would go against current state law (see Indian Gaming Regulatory Act), but this is an issue that could be brought to the MN public in the form of an amendment vote on the ballot. Upon paying off the set amount needed for the stadium, the funds from the slots could then be diverted into the general fund.
                              Apparently if they are granted Slot Machines these Racinos will be willing to give $40 Million a year to the Vikes Stadium fund.

                              http://www.startribune.com/politics/...PaP3iUiacyKUUr
                              Last edited by Crazy_Chris; 04-09-2010, 04:11 PM.

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