Minnesota Vikings stadium point person Lester Bagley declared yesterday that the team is willing to pay one-third of the cost of a new outdoor stadium, but if the state wants to add a roof, it’s on its own dime. Which is exactly the same thing Bagley said last spring, but it made headlines nonetheless. (Some, admittedly, less positive than others.)
The next step appears to be the introduction of a bill in the state senate, where Republican Julie Rosen says she’ll have legislation ready to go by mid-February. “It’s not going to be a clean mechanism like it was with the Twins,” Rosen told the Associated Press. “It’s going to be a cobbling together of many sources.” Not that she said what those sources would be — what do you want, spoilers?
In any case, with a roofless stadium estimated to cost $700 million, and a roof adding at least a couple hundred million more, it looks like the state would be looking at spending at least $700 million just to make the Vikings more profitable. Rosen, though, thinks it’s worth it: “You have to ask yourself what would the Legislature be doing if, say, Target was threatening to move out of state? It demands a response.”
As I Dislike Your Favorite Team responds:
Here’s something I bet the State Legislature would say–“Hey, Target, before we create a tax just so you can build something, can we get a look at your books? Because we were under the impression that you are a multi-billion dollar operation.” And again, let’s talk about false equivalences–Target employs 10,000 people in Minnesota, it has been here since 1902 and is a Fortune 500 company. None of those things describe the Vikings. Target is ably run, too. Oh, and when Target needed a new $260 million headquarters, they built it.
Actually, Target does have two things in common with sports teams: Most of their jobs are poorly paid, and they’ve asked for subsidy deals that haven’t worked out too well. Here’s something I hope the state legislature will say: If we don’t spend that $700 million on the Vikings, how many jobs can we create by doing something else with the money?