VU Daily Blog: 7/22/10

Brad Childress talked about his visit to see Brett Favre. The QB was ranked 21st in an athletes earnings poll. And the Vikings are low on valuation. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 3:56:00 PM

Childress discusses visit with Favre

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on KFAN radio Thursday that he still doesn't know if Brett Favre is going to play football in 2010, despite a trip to visit him earlier this week in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"It would not surprise me either way. The way he's played the game over the course of his career … you don't want to do it half-cocked," Childress said.

Childress said he wanted to visit Favre in his environment.

"See where he's at and see how he's feeling. I don't know if he's going to play next year," he said.

But Childress said Favre's surgically repaired ankle is not a concern for Childress.

"Not based on what I saw. … I'm not that worried about it," said Childress, who added that Favre ran stairs in 95-degree heat.

The main issue for Childress is that Favre is in it for the right reasons.

"I just think he's going to do the right thing. I wouldn't want him in half-cocked. I wouldn't want him to run down the road and back in to get a paycheck. That's not the way he's wired. You're not toe in the water, you're not kind of pregnant. You're either all in or you're not all in. That's wherein, I think, the decision lies."



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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 12:59:00 PM

Vikings value ranked way low

The Vikings are the 40th-ranked team on Forbes' list of "World's Most Valuable Sports Teams."

Overall, that might not sound too bad, but the NFL dominates the list and every team in the NFC North was valued ahead of the Vikings. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars (37th), who have had well-chronicled troubles trying to put enough fans in their stadium, were ahead of the Vikings.

Forbes has an $835 million price tag attached to the Vikings, with $209 million in revenues.

"The state legislature failed to move forward on a new stadium once again this year as the clock ticks on the Vikings' lease, which expires in 2011," read the synopsis for the Vikings.

The Bears lead the division, valued at $1.08 billion, 13th overall. The Packers checked in at No. 22, valued at $1.02 billion and Forbes mentions their 77,000-person waiting list for season tickets. The Lions were 36th, valued at $867 million.

Only the Oakland Raiders were valued lower than the Vikings among the NFL teams. The Raiders checked in at No. 44 overall with a $797 million value.

"Unlike European soccer, the National Football League shares national television revenue equally among its 32 teams, thus owners have used stadiums as the primary platform to increase the value of their franchises," the Forbes story pointed out.

Here is the link to the story, with links to the individual rankings, slideshow-style, at the bottom of the story.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM

Favre 21st in earnings among U.S. athletes

Brett Favre is scheduled to be the top-paid Viking in 2010 (assuming he returns), but his salary and endorsement money don't even put him in the top-20 wage-earning athletes in the United States.

Favre finished 21st in Sports Illustrated's "Fortunate 50."

"Favre has plenty of reasons to return for a 20th season: He's due to earn $13 million in salary in 2010 on top of a $4 million deferred-salary paycheck from 2009 that he received this past March," read his analysis.

On top of his NFL money, Favre is earning another $7 million in endorsements, according to the study, for a total income of $24 million.

Favre was the only Viking in the top 50, with Peyton Manning checking in at No. 9, the first NFL player on the list. Manning will earn $30.8 million in 2010, according to the study, split roughly in half between his NFL salary and his endorsement money.

In all, the list had 15 NFL players, the most since the magazine commissioned the study.

Tiger Woods tops the list, with expected earnings this year around $90 million ($70 million in endorsements), despite all his image problems. Another PGA golfer, Phil Mickelson, was second at $61.7 million ($52 million in endorsements).

For the complete list, click here:


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