Apropos of nothing...
News item: Vikings owner reaches agreement to sell team for $625M
Tale of the Tape:
1998 purchase price: $246M
Return on capital investment: 154%
Annual broadcast revenue: $84M (2004)
Annual ticket revenue: $61.63 x 10 x 64,000 = $39M
Annual player payroll: $57.4M (avg. 2000-2003)
Annual operating profit: approx. "considerable"
Reason for selling team: taxpayers won't build him a new stadium
Number of Vikings Super Bowl appearances since 1998: 0
Money quote: "McCombs said the Vikings couldn’t generate enough revenue in the 22-year-old Metrodome to compete. "
Throw it on the pile - just a little more evidence for NHL fans to ignore while calling the players greedy.