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Not a good economy to be building a new stadium

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opinion Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Sen. Julie Rosen makes official: "Vikings will Move" In an article appearing in USA Today. Rosen states that she is convinced that the Minnesota Vikings "will move" if stadium deal isn't reached.

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The Vikings representatives aren't making the threat Rosen, R Fairmont, the legislative author of the Vikings stadium bill, is now making the threat. As her most compelling argument, she states that all of the other Minnesota professional sports teams have new, therefore, we must buy the Vikings a new stadium!

She also states in the same article that the Metrodome lacks modern amenities and the financial earning power of contemporary stadiums. It is surprising to me that Rosen doesn't understand that, over the past four years, the local, state and national economies have plunged into a deep financial recession.

Rosen, don't you realize that we have a statewide $6.2 billion deficit? The other Minnesota stadiums were built during budget surplus years! Your argument that all the other Minnesota teams received new facilities, so let's give one to the Vikings, doesn't apply in these economic times.

On Dec. 20, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Gov.-elect Dayton and other influential members of the business community to lobby for a new Vikings stadium. The push for the new stadium is on "full speed ahead," nary a mention of the budget deficit from the stadium supporters.

Commissioner Goodell issued the following statement regarding the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement player labor agreement) which the league is attempting to reduce rookie player wages: "The NFL is great because the fans care deeply about it. Economic conditions, however, have changed dramatically inside and outside the NFL since 2006 when we negotiated the last CBA. A 10 percent unemployment rate hurts us all...Unfortunately, economic realities are forcing everyone to make tough choices and the NFL is no different."

Maybe Rosen should pay attention to what NFL Commissioner Goodell is saying. The times have changed. The way we spent money, just a few years ago, cannot continue in these economic times. With regard to comments that the Metrodome has a negative influence on earning capabilities, why don't the Vikings disclose just exactly what their earnings have been. Maybe then we (taxpayers) could be the judge of how desperately they need us to provide them with a new facility so they can make even more money!

Ted Guth

Prior Lake, Minn.

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