It is also not an FU to the fans. It is a way to promote the Vikings. The NBA does it by putting foreigners on the team to attract that attention but there aren't many foreigners playing football that will make it in the NFL. One good thing is the game won't be blacked out.
But on the upside, I think that we have some appeal or enough of appeal to get a London game. Yes, I think that we have some exciting players, like AP and Harvin that are marketable overseas. It might even get a few people from overseas to come to MN for a game.
Let's not forget that we aren't the first team going over to London to host a game. The Pats played over there before, the bills played I think the bears in a game in Canada (granted Buffalo is damn near Canada but whatever). It's just the NFL showcasing it's product.
I can understand your perspective, since you have a very long drive, but many fans live a lot closer to the dome. Season ticket holders aren't part of that "not so;d out" crowd, since their tickets are bought & paid for.
I'm not buying this at all. Fans are a fan of the team & not the stadium or at least they are supposed to be. Shouldn't matter where they play. Sure the new stadium will attract more fans wanting to go to a game to see it for themselves, just as new malls, stores & restaurants do, but that onslaught tapers off once the newness is gone.Quote:
People don't really want to go to games at the metrodump when they know that a new stadium is only a couple of years away.
You see the same thing when someone turns in their two week notice. Suddenly everything about their old job is perceived worse, partially in an effort to make the next job seem better. In the military we called it "short-itis".
Some (not all) of the fans have started checking out of the metrodome, preferring to save their money for the new stadium. I expect it to get worse before it gets better, especially next year, which will be the last full season in the dome. In 2014, we will play part in the dome, part in TCF, and we will start to get the nostalgic fans back for one more yee-haw in the dome.
Obviously a winning season (which we are doing a good job working towards) will help alleviate a considerable amount of that.
Missing a home game hurts the team. This is especially valid if the other team is an east coast team with deep pocket fans.
Going to London hurts the team. It could harm their record; it could hurt their playoff chances, and the travel and jet lag harms the players' health for a few games.
The Vikings may make a few extra bucks, but it is not great news for Vikings fans.