The Star Tribune reports that the NFL is paying attention to the Vikings' stadium issue. I want to highlight one quote from Roger Goodell:
"But also the Gophers have a new stadium. The Twins have a new stadium. It's obvious the Vikings need a new stadium."
While the Twin stadium is a relevant precedent, the Gopher football stadium should be irrelevant to the question of public financing for a Viking stadium. The University of Minnesota is a public, state-supported institution--the state is supposed to provide public financing for this institution. The Vikings are a privately owned business. There should be legitimate discussion about whether public financing for a Viking stadium would be a good thing for the state. However, that the state funded a stadium for its own public university offers no relevant parallel.