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Vikings received $244 million in national revenue from NFL for last season

There is at least one good thing about the Green Bay Packers being publicly owned.

That fact means the team is obligated to open its books and on Wednesday we learned that the NFL distributed a record $7.8 billion to its 32 teams in 2016, or $244 million per team, according to Bloomberg. That signified a jump of almost 10 percent and is primarily because of the league’s television deals with NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and DirecTV.

The $244 million per team in national revenue was up from $222.6 million last year.

The $7.8 billion is only one part of the NFL’s overall revenue, which is estimated at $14 billion for 2017, Bloomberg reported.

For the Vikings, the national revenue they received was only one piece of the pie because that figure does not include the local revenue generated by owner Zygi Wilf’s team. That number almost certainly increased significantly in 2016 with the Vikings moving into U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Packers, for instance, also had a franchise-record $197.4 million in local revenue. That put their total at $441.4 million.





  • Mark L

    It’s hard to figure out why these guys smile like they know something we don’t.

    Like how it feels to be super stupid rich.

    • Ron Green


      • fritzdahmus

        Exactly….the personal indictment should NOT concern how rich they are (assuming all the wealth was earned legally, etc..).

        They only asked us idiots to help them build a stadium. We should be indicted collectively for saying YES to those who could have done it for themselves (it is not a crime to be rich….yet).

        • cka2nd

          Especially since they got the politicians and fans to bend over – the public as a whole was much more skeptical of the deal, if memory serves – in the midst of the Great Recession. I am just not convinced that some Los Angeles suburb was going to throw money at the Wilfs at that time, but Minnesota’s taxpayers and the team’s fans – You don’t think the Wilfs are paying the team’s portion of the deal out of their pocket, do you? – were still stuck with the bill.

          • Gene Lindahl

            Bottom line… who owns the stadium? Where does all other income money go for all other activities/shows/etc held at this stadium?

    • Dick Berg

      So what is your point ????????????????????

  • Gene Lindahl

    Keep in mind, the Vikings pay an annual fee of 8 million and it increase each year until it reaches 20 million. They also pay an annual fee for capital improvements. So while Minnesota taxpayers helped pay for the stadium, the state is also earning some of this back in its lease. Now if you want to take into consideration all the other items such as players income tax to the state, sales tax from all sales at the games, all income taxes from surrounding supporting entities, and the list goes on and on, Minnesota will make out OK.

    • Llaarryy

      It’s good to know the facts.

      However, while I’m a staunch advocate for capitalism, the fact is the $8M or $20M a year is a drop in the bucket considering what taxpayers footed. No capitalist would accept that kind of return if they were on the other side of writing the check.

      What political leaders who claim they are taxpayer advocates should have built into the deal was the kind of financial transparency that Packers fans enjoy. Not just every dollar that goes from the stadium directly to the team (which I’m guessing is already a matter of public record), but also indirect revenue, at least one degree of separation from direct revenue.

      On the flip side, the NFL and Vikings could have helped shed real light on the value of stadium subsidies by building into the deal official, ongoing transparency from the MN DOR on exactly how many jobs in the previous fiscal year depended more than 50% on stadium-related work when the Vikings play.

      But it’s in neither sides’ interest to think about transparency that way.


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