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Turboe
02-28-2006, 05:11 AM
I just got the Minnesota Momentum email from Bud Grant again. This time they are announcing the release to the media of two commercials one TV and one Radio.

Check out this link, I sure would love to see this happen, I get excited watching the video just thinking about it.

http://www.minnesotamomentum.com/tvradioads.csp

Check them out. Although I am bummed that it isnt Bud's voice on the commercials.

singersp
02-28-2006, 05:24 AM
Let's just hope this gets passed thru. It sounds like we'll have to wait until next year. The legislature stated the Twins & Gophers come 1st.

singersp
02-28-2006, 01:29 PM
Posted on Tue, Feb. 28, 2006

Vikings' ad effort pushes for stadium

TV/radio spots come as Legislature convenes

BY ARON KAHN and EMILY GURNON
Pioneer Press

The Minnesota Vikings' fight for legitimacy in the stadium race will hit the airwaves today with a major public relations campaign aimed at turning heads on the eve of the 2006 legislative session.

Television and radio spots will blanket the state for a week in an attempt to pull the Vikings closer to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Twins, whose stadium requests are ranked much higher at the state Capitol.

The spots will trumpet the Vikings' contention that the stadium and related retail development — together carrying the name Northern Lights — would jack up the economy of the region.

Look for the word "billion" sprinkled everywhere in the ads, which seek to energize the proposed Blaine complex and ultimately raise more cash for the Vikings with a revenue-boosting stadium.

"Northern Lights will be made possible by an investment of $1 billion from Vikings ownership,' a radio voice proclaims. "That's $1 billion in private investment to create new economic activity and thousands of jobs.'

The week of ads amounts to Round 1 in a campaign likely costing $1 million or more, sports business consultants say. The campaign was created by Winner & Mandabach, of Santa Monica, Calif., which claims a 90 percent win record in 140 issue campaigns, including a victory in an unusual, three-way gambling-casino ballot issue in Arizona in 2002.

The Vikings are running third because their Metrodome home is viewed as an adequate place for football; their lease doesn't expire until the end of the 2011 season; the team has underperformed on the field; and players have gotten into considerable trouble off the field.

The team's new ownership, led by New Jersey real estate developer Zygi Wilf, is trying to pull even by proposing an economic windfall for the region — a $1.5 billion public-private venture that includes parks, offices, stores and a 250-room hotel.

The Vikings says they'll invest $1 billion, with $280 million of their share going toward the $790 million stadium. The rest of the stadium cost would come from the state and a 0.75 percent Anoka County sales tax.

Opponents of that sales tax on Monday asked Anoka County officials to show them all communications and documents related to the proposed complex.

"We are very concerned about the manner in which the Anoka County Board has promoted its effort to bring the Minnesota Vikings to Anoka County," wrote Ron Holch and Dann Dobson of the Taxpayers for an Anoka County Stadium Referendum in a Monday letter to Margaret Langfeld, board chairwoman.

Holch and Dobson made their request under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, a state law providing public access to government information. Dobson, a non-practicing attorney in St. Paul, said the group wants to examine many issues.
"It looks like Mr. Wilf will get all the benefits of the new stadium and the taxpayers will not get one cent," Dobson said. "We want to see if, in fact, the Anoka County Board members are looking out after the taxpayers' interest."

Langfeld did not return calls Monday.

The Vikings and the county contend the project would create 3,900 construction jobs and 9,000 permanent jobs, and that the team should not be left out of this year's stadium debates.

Wilf has been speaking to business groups promoting the complex, calling "baloney" the idea that the state can't handle three stadium requests at a time.

A well-managed PR campaign could positively sway public opinion, sports business authorities say. But if the public senses the team is feeding it a line, the campaign could have the opposite effect.

Aron Kahn can be reached at akahn@pioneerpress.com or 612-338-6516. Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522 oregurnon@pioneerpress.com

Vikings' ad effort pushes for stadium (http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/football/nfl/minnesota_vikings/13977666.htm)

singersp
02-28-2006, 02:24 PM
Vikings roll out stadium ads around the state today

Radio and TV spots treat the $675 million proposal for Anoka County as an economic development opportunity.

Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune
Last update: February 28, 2006 – 12:57 AM

With the Legislature convening Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings today begin an ambitious statewide radio and television campaign to tout the benefits of their proposed $675 million stadium project in Anoka County.

A 60-second radio spot says that the plan would resolve an issue that state elected officials have debated for years and that it would be "made possible by an investment of $1 billion from Vikings ownership -- that's $1 billion in private investment to create new economic activity and thousands of jobs."

Accompanied by soft music, the ads feature a man and a woman who take turns espousing the benefits of the development, which in addition to the stadium will include commercial and retail space adjacent to the football field. The project would become "Minnesota's sports, retail and entertainment center," according to the ad.

The messages are the first product of the Vikings' controversial hiring of Winner & Mandabach Campaigns, a California firm that is managing the team's attempt to win support for the project.

Under the stadium proposal, Anoka County would contribute $280 million to the stadium through a countywide sales tax.

State officials are being asked to contribute $115 million for on-site infrastructure costs and to help pay for a retractable roof, and to accelerate another $115 million in roadway improvements.

The Legislature also is being asked to exempt Anoka County from a state law requiring a referendum on the countywide sales tax. The Vikings plan is competing for legislative support with stadium plans advanced by both the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota.

"They're making a statewide campaign? That's wonderful, but only Anoka County pays for it," Richard Wolfe, a Fridley City Council member, said derisively upon hearing of the ad campaign. "That's what I think is the biggest joke."

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said the ads were meant to convey facts about the stadium to listeners statewide and to invite them to help push for approval.

"This is not another stadium push for public dollars," he said. "It's an economic development opportunity for the state."

Mike Kaszuba • 612-673-4388

Vikings roll out stadium ads around the state today (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/274673.html)

NordicNed
02-28-2006, 03:11 PM
Maybe I don't see the picture clearly, but how does a county, not take advantage of a 1 billion dollar investment of someones own money.....

The small increase in tax alone should not stop this great opportunity alone.

PurpleRide
02-28-2006, 03:28 PM
If people would only take a step back and realize this is the best deal out of the three they would change their mind. We can only hope.

NordicNed
02-28-2006, 04:01 PM
Singer, can you update your post.....here is a link to the videos......and one audio...

http://www.minnesotamomentum.com/tvradioads.csp

NordicNed
02-28-2006, 04:04 PM
sorry, not awake yet......Turbo has it above......Never mind...

finnishvikingsfan
03-01-2006, 05:40 AM
I just seen one of the commercials. I think it is a good thing that is going to commerical and stuff.

Euphman06
03-01-2006, 05:58 AM
Even though I live in PA and will probably never see the field in person, I love how it looks in the drawings. I'd vote for that any day if I were in the legislature up north there

SharperVikings
03-01-2006, 06:08 AM
"finnishvikingsfan" wrote:

I just seen one of the commercials. I think it is a good thing that is going to commerical and stuff.

I just saw my first one tonight, and think its awesome!

4Vikings
03-01-2006, 06:41 AM
Cool commercial. but I think the stadium looks boring. It will definetly need a better design come time to voting.

DaunteHOF
03-02-2006, 04:02 AM
hopefully, it would help the vikings revenue

singersp
03-02-2006, 02:12 PM
Posted on Wed, Mar. 01, 2006

A little boost from Bud? Tired stadium rhetoric finds fresh voice

DAVE CAMPBELL
Associated Press

You might have got an e-mail from Bud Grant recently. He's been sending a lot.

Well, his name is at the bottom on them at least, and he's doing the Minnesota Vikings a favor by injecting a fresh, supposedly trusted voice into the chalkboard screeching otherwise known as the stadium debate that has gone on in this state for the past decade-plus.

Who knows if this will do any good, or bad, depending on your position. If you're apathetic, then, well, what difference does it make anyway? But the old coach has taken time out from his fishing and hunting pursuits to offer a candid viewpoint on the latest proposal one of our professional sports teams has put on the table for a governmental body to ponder.

"How can you turn that down?" Grant said, reflecting on the $1 billion owner Zygi Wilf has pledged to invest in this development project - dubbed Northern Lights - that will include shops, restaurants, office space, a medical center and preserved wetlands and trails in addition to the two-ton gorilla of a retractable-roof stadium that the team wants built in Blaine.

In return, toward the $675 price tag on the stadium, owner Zygi Wilf is asking for $280 million from Anoka County and $115 million from the state.
The Vikings are serious, and if you look and listen closely, desperate.

They've hired a California public relations firm to push their plan and collected several notable, plain-speaking Minnesotans to help promote it.

Grant is at the forefront of this.

Loyalty, sure. Acknowledgment of his old team's widespread popularity, yes. Passion for sports, of course. Grant sounds too, though, just as much like a gruff old man who - annoyed by all the empty promises and empty threats made by wishy-washy politicians - simply wants this issue to go away so we can all move on with our lives.

"They never do anything about it," Grant said in an interview this week.
Oh, did he mention he's fed up with the legislative and gubernatorial inaction?

"We have no leadership. They rule by a herd. Nobody is in charge. ... It reminds me of a bunch of cows," Grant said.

Probably the biggest reason why these stadium problems have not been solved since the Twins first piped up about the Metrodome's inadequacies in the mid-1990s is that the opposition has bipartisan roots.

Nothing brings the antispenders and the social-service advocates together like a good old stadium plan!

As a writer whose sports-fan soul was sold when I entered the business, I truly do not care if the Gophers or Twins or Vikings (alphabetized to eliminate perceived slights) find ways to build new homes. I would love to have better working conditions than that old decrepit Dome, but so would the people in accounts payable in the basement of your office building.

I've got just as much skepticism and cynicism toward the rich as the next guy, but the "Build it yourself, Carl" and "Build it yourself, Zygi" arguments are SO old. Yes, they could foot the entire bill. But that's not the way professional sports work, for right or for wrong. And yes, the public IS asked to subsidize private business, sometimes, when the government believes it can spur economic growth. It's just that nobody notices unless a ball or a puck or a bat is involved.

The weak-kneed, special-interested politicians are eye-rollers, sure, as is the sugary, "Go team!" garbage that's constantly spewed from the front-office execs.

What really gets me, though, is why everything in this world always has to be about revenue. There have to be some people who care more about, well, people than profits, right?

How cool would it be if somebody, somewhere, sometime, stood up someday and said, "We know that we could make a little bit more money by doing this a little differently, but we happen to like it the way it is." And then it would be just as cool to watch Selig or Tagliabue or any of those other suits go into convulsions immediately after.

You have to wonder if anyone has ever suggested to Pohlad or Wilf or any of their peers that they pay for the stadium entirely out of their own pocket, put their name on it and be publicly praised for eternity as the people who saved their sport in their town.

But that's not reality, and what we're left with is all the rhetoric. That's why, even if nobody really listens to him, that it's nice to hear Grant's voice in this.

At least it's something different to write about.

Dave Campbell can be reached at dcampbell@ap.org

A little boost from Bud (http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/politics/13993494.htm)

ChezPizmo
03-03-2006, 04:39 PM
Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

NodakPaul
03-03-2006, 04:53 PM
I joined. Not that my membership does much good, since I am a ND resident. But I still support the stadium plan.

Turboe
03-03-2006, 05:14 PM
"ChezPizmo" wrote:

Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

I did so a week or so ago, although as a SC resident I also dont know if that really helps them much.

singersp
03-04-2006, 02:53 AM
"Turboe" wrote:

"ChezPizmo" wrote:

Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

I did so a week or so ago, although as a SC resident I also dont know if that really helps them much.

I think it does whether you realize it or not.

They'll see that their membership comes from many different states in support of the stadium, not just from Minnesota.

It should also tell them that many fans from outside the state would possibly be coming to MN for Vikings games & bringing in additional "tourism" which would be great for the state.

Turboe
03-04-2006, 05:22 AM
"singersp" wrote:

"Turboe" wrote:

"ChezPizmo" wrote:

Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

I did so a week or so ago, although as a SC resident I also dont know if that really helps them much.

I think it does whether you realize it or not.

They'll see that their membership comes from many different states in support of the stadium, not just from Minnesota.

It should also tell them that many fans from outside the state would possibly be coming to MN for Vikings games & bringing in additional "tourism" which would be great for the state.

Hadn't really thought about that angle, that is true. Lets hope so, I am going to email all my friends and tell them to get on the team.

Wyndy11
03-04-2006, 02:17 PM
The tax increase is so small you would barely notice it. We have to put up with it here if you buy anything in the Green Bay area due the the renovation of that other place which I refuse to mention.

pep_pip_squeak
03-04-2006, 03:07 PM
"Wyndy11" wrote:

The tax increase is so small you would barely notice it. We have to put up with it here if you buy anything in the Green Bay area due the the renovation of that other place which I refuse to mention.

listen to her... she is my kin, so she knows what she says... i hope :lol:

mattjenny3
03-04-2006, 07:31 PM
"ChezPizmo" wrote:

Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

I signed up already. I don't remeber if I posted this yet:

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060126/nyth082.html?.v=35

Vegas is pushing hard to get MLB/NFL/NBA here. When this is built, I think a team will come here. If Northern Lights is already built or being built it won't be the Vikings. Maybe they should throw a Baseball field in there somewhere to help keep the twins.

WBLVikeBabe
03-04-2006, 07:33 PM
"ChezPizmo" wrote:

Is anyone going to sign up or join "Minnesota Momentum" by any chance?

https://www.minnesotamomentum.com/Reg.jsp

I signed up. I was actually excited to do this because I really want the stadium and any way I can help I'll do it.

Turboe
03-07-2006, 03:36 PM
"mattjenny3" wrote:

Vegas is pushing hard to get MLB/NFL/NBA here. When this is built, I think a team will come here. If Northern Lights is already built or being built it won't be the Vikings. Maybe they should throw a Baseball field in there somewhere to help keep the twins.

Has anyone seen any artists renderings of what this place will look like? It wasnt in this story.

My wife has talked about going to Vegas sometime, now this might just push me over the top. I have been several times back when I was single, but Vegas but I basicly only go for the golf, so Vegas never had the appeal for me that it has for many. This place sounds like my kind of place though.

NodakPaul
03-07-2006, 04:27 PM
"Turboe" wrote:

"mattjenny3" wrote:

Vegas is pushing hard to get MLB/NFL/NBA here. When this is built, I think a team will come here. If Northern Lights is already built or being built it won't be the Vikings. Maybe they should throw a Baseball field in there somewhere to help keep the twins.

Has anyone seen any artists renderings of what this place will look like? It wasnt in this story.

My wife has talked about going to Vegas sometime, now this might just push me over the top. I have been several times back when I was single, but Vegas but I basicly only go for the golf, so Vegas never had the appeal for me that it has for many. This place sounds like my kind of place though.

Vegas is an amazing place. There is so much to do other than gamble. Hoover dam, the incredible restaurants, the shows, the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage, the boat show at Treasure Island... And there is the NASCAR track. The strip is LOADED with things to see and do... All in all I would recommend going at least once.

Vegas has also been lobbying hard for a NFL team for several years now. I expect them to get once before too long... I don't want it to be the Vikings.