|Chief Extortionist Goodell|
Apparently the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell feels that a new NFL stadium for the Minnesota Vikings should be more important than funding basic state functions like education, roads and trying to balance the state's budget.
According to the Pioneer Press, Goodell told Governor Mark Dayton that their would be "Serious Consequences" for the team and the NFL if they don't push through a bill to fund a new stadium.
Godell's minions have been on the offensive, going to the press and wanting to know why and how the stadium bill is being held up. NFL VP of finance and transactions Eric Grubman going as far to say the Vikings have a "Dejected ownership" and that things are "ripe for change".
Read more from the Pioneer Press RIGHT HERE
So...it appears the NFL is using Los Angeles as their bargaining chip to get the Vikings a new stadium. The general appearance here is that the state isn't totally against granting the Vikings their wish, but rather they don't have the money to do it.
This REALLY pisses us off.
We aren't making a political statement here...BUT. We want an explanation.
Why do the TAXPAYERS of a state and/or city have to buy their NFL team a new stadium every 20-years or so?
Does the NFL NOT have enough money to pay for it themselves? Surely, the multi-BILLION dollar TV contracts they continue to sign with the TV Networks could pay for some of this. Or maybe the $Billions of profit they made last year could help fund a stadium.
Yes, we understand that its no longer about having a stadium in Pro Sports, its having a stadium that will maximize your profits. And that is all good...in theory. If you the NFL or the NFL team owner is going to get all the profits, why don't you pay for it yourselves?
Here at OSG Global HQ in Atlanta, there is a vigorous discussion going on about building a NEW stadium for the Falcons. And the city is more than happy to chip in $100's of millions of dollars...even though the city doesn't have enough money to pay for their schools or roadwork or for that matter, basic infrastructure improvements.
Sure, we are a small blog with a smallish, but loyal readership, yet still we have a message for the Jolly Roger and his mafioso cronies at "The League". YOU GUYS ARE EXTORTIONISTS!!! Good thing you don't have to live a life where you make less than...oh $30,000 a year. Then...and only THEN...would you understand why not everybody wants to contribute $100's of millions in EXTORTION fees to you and your teams every 20-years. And have you FORGOTTEN...we aren't exactly in the midst of a FLOURISHING ECONOMY these days.
Fitting Video..don't you think?
FRIDAY UPDATE: The Jolly Roger Speaks...
John Croman was at the Capitol in St. Paul
Here's the presser with Dayton and Goodell in full...
It's close to a half an hour, but worth your time...