I was just watching the news, and here in MN the Vikings, who are a horrible team at 2-9, are shaking their little rattle whining for a new stadium. Their lease at the Metrodome runs out after this year, and they are threatening to leave if the taxpayers don't foot a good chunk of the bill for a new stadium, because the crappy Metrodome isn't good enough for such a crappy team. Their leverage is that the team brings in $20M for the local economy annually. This brings me back to the early '90s, when Norm Green took the losing North Stars out of the state, partially for the same reason--because we taxpayers wouldn't foot the bill for a new arena for them. Well, MN didn't exactly collapse without the missing annual revenue when Norm Green got a stick up his ass, so I think we'd be OK without the Vikings. IMO it takes a lot of gall to be a billionaire whining that the taxpayers should foot the bill for a stadium for one of the worst teams in the league, as if it would be such a loss if they left. Over the last few decades every team in this state has whined for a new stadium, threatening to leave if we don't pick up the tab. We did build a stadium for the Twins (beautiful one, actually). They lost 99 games this year. As soon as the Twins got a stadium, the Metrodome was all of a sudden not good enough for the Vikings. Quite frankly, at least in this state, I'm tired of hearing about it and I couldn't care less if they left...then we wouldn't have to listen to a bunch of billionaires and thugs whine. I grew up playing sports, but I just don't care about professional sports and I'm tired of the politics and childishness in all of them. It seems like professional sports in general have just become a bunch of billionaires and irresponsible lowlifes shaking their rattles like little kids. Get out Vikings, let someone else deal with you. Most people in Minnesota don't even give a crap about you anymore and wouldn't care if you left. I feel bad for the fans that they do have, but if billionaires want a new stadium for the SOLE reason that they WANT one when we have a crappy but perfectly good and usable one, then billionaires can pay for it out of pocket.