Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vikings Threat to Move a Bluff; Dayton Folds

The StarTribune today reports that Governor Dayton is concerned that if a deal doesn't get done on a new Vikings stadium, that the team will move.  To quote Dayton from the piece: 
"If we don't act in some way ... it's unrealistic in my opinion to think that we are not going to face competition for the team,"


Where is the team going to go?  LA?  Despite the fancy rendering of a new stadium shown above, here's a newsflash: California is broke.  Flat.  Ass.  Broke.  And we're not talking down on their luck, we're talking near bankrupt. 

While other states and cities are in better shape financially, nobody and I mean nobody is sitting around on a pile of dollars to throw at a NFL team to entice them into their market.  The new economy has effectively killed all of that off.  Those days are over, never to return again for a long, long time.  State and local pols need to focus, scrimp, and hustle just to keep basic services available to their constituents. 

A new billion dollar stadium complex for a football team in this economic environment?  That has about the same chance as the Vikings have of winning the Super Bowl.

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