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Minnesota Vikings Rank Middle Of The Pack In 'Smart Spending'

Bloomberg Businessweek had a piece titled "The Smartest Spenders In Sports" about a week ago, and it's definitely worth a look if you hadn't yet viewed it. They take all of the professional sports teams from the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL, and rank them by how well they spend their money. For instance, the Nashville Predators are considered the smartest spenders in sports based on the fact that each win costs them an average of $0.97 million, they have 44.6 wins per season and they have four postseason appearances. This is all based on the last five years.

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So where do the Minnesota Vikings find themselves? They're a good way down the list, which includes 122 teams in all, sitting at No. 68. The Vikings, over the past five seasons have won on average, 8.4 games a season and have an "efficiency index" of -0.12, which will be better understood when you actually go read it. The average cost per win is $14.13 million, and they've appeared in the postseason twice in the last five years.

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It's not great numbers, but they're certainly not the worst. Minnesota is still in a rocky place right now, but maybe Christian Ponder will change that?

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