Ragnar, the Minnesota Vikings mascot, spent Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions in his own home for the first time in two decades.
This past offseason, “Joe Juranitch’s (Ragnar) contract with the Vikings expired. Since then the team has had multiple conversations with Joe but has not been able to reach an agreement on his role with the team moving forward,” reports the Star Tribune, and while this might kind of seem like a dick move on the part of the Vikings, it won’t when you hear what Juranitch was demanding.
Juranitch — who made $1,500 per Vikings home game in 2014 — wanted to bump that number to a cool $20,000 for each home game across the next 10 seasons, which would have been the largest deal for a mascot in league history.
Is any mascot worth $1.6 million?
I take it back. That man deserves to get paid.
[h/t: Star Tribune]