I agree with Republican activist Andy Brehm who has a commentary in today’s Strib: The Vikings? Great. Gambling? Not good. "Dick Day’s proposal to pay for a stadium with proceeds from a ‘racino’ sounds painless, but would in fact be very damaging." That would be soon-to-be-lobbyist Senator Dick Day.
I also agree with Craig Cox, a former colleague at Utne Reader, who chastised the Strib in his letter to the editor last week for not asking Vikings owner Zygi Wilf some hard questions:
- Why exactly does Wilf need a new stadium?
- Didn’t you know when you purchased the team that the Vikings lagged behind the rest of the league in revenue? Did you assume that taxpayers would eventually pay for a new stadium?
- If the Metrodome’s lack of revenue hampers the team’s ability to compete, how have you been able to afford high-priced free agents such as Jared Allen and Brett Favre?
- Are the Vikings a profitable franchise?
And in case you were wondering, I’m a die-hard, fair-weather Vikings fan.