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    Gloves come off in Minnesota.

    For the first time I know of, a member of the Vikings organization has gone on record that the team has been in contact with two groups about moving the team to LA. With their lease running out, this is probably the first move in a chess match with the legislature, and is sure to get a response in the sports world.
    With a newly elected legislature, Republican for the first time in recent memory, and tea party "no new taxes" bolstered, the situation is looking unsettled for one of the league's least profitable teams.
    The Wilfs are looking for the taxpayers to kick in about a third of the money to complete a stadium project. There are seemingly politically benign methods of raising the money, like Racino, allowing gambling of other types at already in place racetracks, but none have gotten any traction.

    Here's some more... http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...op-the-l-word/

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    Interesting stuff. I was convinced we would see the Los Angeles Jaguars before the Los Angeles Vikings. I may be very wrong.
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    What have the people of the Twin Cities EVER done for the Vikings?!

    (sarcasm)

    It makes me more than a little sick to hear **** like this. 50 years of rabid support and the people of Minnesota are now going to be faced with a choice - spend $150-$300 million of your taxes to help build a stadium or lose your team. And the worst part is, once the tax dollars are siphoned out of the treasury, people are going to have to pay PSLs and hundreds of dollars a ticket.

    F the Wilfs and any owner who doesn't think owning a billion dollar asset is enough. Scumbags like Wilf (and Modell and any other franchise owner who ever blackmailed the people who put money in their pockets) make me want to call my old poli sci prof - the on who thought Marx was 100% right.

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    L.A. has never wanted an NFL team. Every team they've had has been moved out because it's just not a football town. College football is more important there, and basketball, and baseball. I get tired of owners wanting to move out just because they don't get a new stadium.

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    make me want to call my old poli sci prof - the on who thought Marx was 100% right.
    I tend to agree. Smartest man who ever lived.

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    I think deep down the NFL knows that LA is more valuable to them as a bargaining chip when teams go after new stadiums. If LA gets a team, the 800-pound negotiating gorilla will have chosen a seat and the other 31 teams will have more difficulties securing public funding for their new buildings.

    The new Minnesota legislature would be crucified if they allowed the Vikings to slip to the west coast. They will get a stadium deal done. Look for casino gambling to become legal in Minny (or some other illicit way of earning tax dollars).
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    I know that NFL rules preclude a corporation from owning a team. If not, I think cities should just BUY the teams rather than build stadia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordsworth View Post
    L.A. has never wanted an NFL team. Every team they've had has been moved out because it's just not a football town. College football is more important there, and basketball, and baseball. I get tired of owners wanting to move out just because they don't get a new stadium.
    That was an Awesome point Words.

    There are so many people that have seen the Raiders and Rams come and go and there's a reason for that! When there are other attractions to capture your time, I think there is little support that it deserves. The league may want to put a team in L.A. but they gotta learn from the previous the team came---and left. Especially Goodell who has been with the NFL since 1982.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
    I tend to agree. Smartest man who ever lived.
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    The problem with LA is not the fan base. It's the stadium. The stadium will never be state funded in LA, were they are even more broke than in Minnesota. But the project for the stadium in LA is a private sector one, that doesn't neccesarily require to own the team this time. They wwant to build it in LA live, and use it for a lot more things than just football.

    - LA hasn't had final four since the seventies.
    - An LA stadium would be essential for the bid of a World Cup
    - The MLS would alos play there.
    - Concerts in downtown LA instead of driving to the Rose Bowl.
    - If they go dome, they can use it for expos as well.
    - Hosting a Superbowl
    - Hosting NBA All-Star games
    - Hosting the BCS playoffs (when they come)

    There are smart people looking at this project. Once the stadium is built, teams will be lining up to move to LA. Stop thinking of it as 8-10 games a year. That place, if it's in downtown LA, will be in use A LOT.
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