A 'Vikings-in-stadium-crisis' reader: Voices from elsewhere
- Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
- April 19, 2012 - 8:10 AM
Without any embellishment, here are links to stories about the Vikings' stadium situation:
Former Star Tribune football writer Kevin Seifert, now with ESPN.com, writes that "state leaders are probably going to need a full-blown crisis to feel the urgency of this issue, and we can see the parameters of that crisis forming already: The specter of (Zygi) Wilf putting the team up for sale. I don't think Wilf wants to do that, but I also don't think he wants to continue operating the franchise in the Metrodome."
St. Cloud Times sports editor Dave DeLand writes: "We could be the state and the test case that forces the whole country to fundamentally reevaluate who pays for stadiums for pro sports franchises, and how, and who reaps the benefits."
Bleacher Report's lead NFL writer Josh Zerkle asks this question: "One obstacle in the stadium chase is the gradual devaluation of the game-day experience, which continues to pale in comparison to its televised counterpart. Most diehard fans watch several NFL games on any given Sunday, an opportunity lost when factoring in weekend drives to and from the stadium. Why would fans routinely sit in traffic when they could be comfortably sitting on their couches?
From the Who-Killed-The-Bill department: state Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake wrote in the Worthington Daily Globe: "All I want is the opportunity to take a vote on this issue on the House floor. Yet, only one Democrat thought the bill was important enough to send on to another committee. Republicans put up more than half the votes needed to move it along. With their inaction, the Democrats effectively killed the Vikings stadium bill."
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