Rick brought up an interesting scenario in the comments of a previous post:
@Ed. As an isolated question, the vast majority doesn’t want to provide Wilfare.
If it becomes a matter of providing Wilfare or losing the Vikes, I think that the legislature is sensing that Wilfare option has the least backlash.
He goes on to explain that we should steer the state’s wealth through gambling in order to redistribute it to Zygi Wilf’s private business. But, the question he raised is worth pondering.
When polled last month, 68% of Minnesotans stated that a stadium should be entirely privately funded. 68%. There are few issues where Minnesotans share such a high level of agreement.
The scenario Rick posed was not polled.
But, let’s think about this. Is one expected to believe that Minnesotans who’ve stated that Zygi Wilf should pay for his own stadium privately don’t understand the stakes? I think they do, and don’t think the Vikings provide enough value to justify giving away the public’s money to maintain the status quo.
This becomes blatantly clear when we look at the lack of financial support Vikings fans have shown for this Vikings stadium plan. While they are interested in spending other people’s money to build a stadium in order to subsidize their season tickets, they have not expressed an interest in subsidizing Wilf’s private business beyond what they pay for their tickets. Which tells me that even season ticket holders don’t see enough value in a new stadium to justify building one.
If the 53,000 season ticket holders of the Minnesota Vikings aren’t willing to come up with less than $10,000 each (which they could finance over 30 years for less than $75/month) why should non-fans be forced to make up the difference?