In the panoply that is the professional sports landscape in the United States, one league stands high above all others in creating revenue for team owners. That league, the NFL, is so adept at churning out money that even the have-nots of the league find themselves awash in money year after year.
So it is that the Minnesota Vikings enter the 2007-2008 NFL off-season with a wad of cash and the hope of using some of that cash to sign at least two or three relevant players--something that the team failed to do last off-season.
As Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf silently counts his largesse, while publicly bemoaning his impoverished plight, there are moves that the Vikings' front office can make to improve the team, shore up the fan base, and increase the bottom line. And each of these moves begins with the team's ownership demonstrating leadership rather than insisting that others come to the rescue of a fairly well-situated franchise.
This bold move begins with Wilf implementing plans to build and fund, on the team's dime, a new, retractable-roof stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The rest will follow naturally if the Vikings follow the proper course.
The "proper course" requires much attention to detail. And, if Wilf is serious about running a quality franchise that is also considerably more profitable than it already is, he and his cohorts will pay attention to these details.
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