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Vikings stadium bill defeated in House committee

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Only two days after a bipartisan bill to build a new Vikings stadium was introduced, the measure has died.

Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the 10-9 defeat came only hours after another House committee had approved it.  But as Kaszuba points out, “[A]t this stage of the legislative session, set-backs for major bills can
sometimes be only temporary.”

Which means that most of the time it isn’t only temporary.

Which means that in this case it could be permanent.

Which means that those L.A. Rams fans who used to wear watermelons as hats might soon be able to add horns to their headgear.

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  1. Saintnation says: May 5, 2010 12:38 PM

    Poor Vikings fans, I almost feel sorry for them.

  2. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 5, 2010 12:39 PM

    They must have read the story you posted the other day about Favre definately maybe thinking about retiring for real this time.

  3. JimmySmith says: May 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    Defeat? Just like the Vikings have ended every single one of their seasons, in defeat.
    Well, in defense of their move out to LA, they will save some money because nobody has to worry about moving their trophy case.

  4. Howyadoin says: May 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    Classic!

  5. PurpleIsForGays says: May 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    One small detail to idiots from Minnesota…….
    One Giant fist pump from Ed Roski……………..

  6. CleanSlaton says: May 5, 2010 12:42 PM

    what can you expect from a government formerly headed by a pro-wrestler?

  7. DeBoe says: May 5, 2010 12:42 PM

    Oh well. Maybe the CFL will expand in the near future and place a team in Minnesota.

  8. JSpicoli says: May 5, 2010 12:44 PM

    Not a good time to be asking for funds for elite sports stadiums.
    Ask the Yorks and their pie-in-the-sky ballot measure. Anyone wanna bet the niners do not sniff Santa Clara?

  9. Bwa Ha Ha says: May 5, 2010 12:44 PM

    I think Bart Favereee is gonna come back as an LA Viking, at least five more times

  10. ethan robert says: May 5, 2010 12:45 PM

    The news set off a giant celebration in Wisconsin.

  11. Tomcalimontana says: May 5, 2010 12:46 PM

    Los Angeles Lakers…used to be in MN
    Los Angeles Vikings…why not

  12. SlimPickens says: May 5, 2010 12:46 PM

    i hate seeing historic franchises move. They must love their Twins more than the Vikes.

  13. brogs says: May 5, 2010 12:47 PM

    this sucks big time and this is coming from a Packers fan….I hope MN gets this figured out…

  14. rockotica says: May 5, 2010 12:47 PM

    the Vikes will throw in a few luxury boxes, comp tix, parking passes and $ kickbacks to the scum in the house and magically the vote will become 12-7.

  15. bob nelson is a idiot says: May 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    jimmy smith
    do you have a life or do you get paid to post after vikings post
    these threads show what losers some (not all packer fans are)
    stitting in your basement waiting for a vikings post so you can rip on them classy

  16. Ambrose says: May 5, 2010 12:49 PM

    I hope they work it out. I love to hate them and do not want to be deprived of the privelege. If they’re in LA (or somewhere else,) they won’t be the same Vikings. I can’t believe the State of Minnesota won’t save the day somehow.

  17. se18a29 says: May 5, 2010 12:49 PM

    Ziggy said the team isn’t going anywhere. He would sell it before moving it. The stadium bill is only delayed, not done.

  18. DCViking says: May 5, 2010 12:51 PM

    # ethan robert says: May 5, 2010 12:45 PM
    The news set off a giant celebration in Wisconsin.
    ————————————-
    I doubt it.
    True Packer fans hate the Vikings, but the love the rivalry.
    Dolts and dumb asses like you (apparently) and JimmySmith don’t get it..

  19. jokendave says: May 5, 2010 12:51 PM

    I will still be a Viking fan. But I will boycott every other sport in Minnesota. Good Job Minnesota. And also, It really wasn’t nessasary to build a retractable roof for the stadiam. The cost of the project is what helped it get defeated. Alot of the project and buildings was un-nessasary. Build the building first then build the other stuff later. Not all at once. We do have an economic crisses after all.

  20. Jabroni says: May 5, 2010 12:53 PM

    i wish my coach stole drugs

  21. jokendave says: May 5, 2010 12:54 PM

    I will still be a Viking fan. But you can beleive I will boycott every sport that comes from Minnesota. Good Job Minnesota! There is no reason to suport anyother teams. They will just be forced to move anyway. You didn’t need the revenue anyway right?

  22. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    INTRODUCING – YOUR 2010 SAN ANTONIO VIKINGS!!
    Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson should be a big hit in River-city. Probably the Spurs and the SA Vikes can bring home championships in the same year to the good folks of South Texas

  23. Contra says: May 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    ethan robert says:
    May 5, 2010 12:45 PM
    The news set off a giant celebration in Wisconsin.

  24. Evpimp says: May 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    Jimmy is Sick of seeing his beloved Packers get beat by the Vikings year in and year out…. Thats why he wants them to move so bad!
    Dont worry Jimmy Mom and Dad will still hold you at night when the Packers lose games.

  25. KILLER FIN says: May 5, 2010 12:56 PM

    L.A. Vikings???

  26. jackybadass says: May 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    screw minnesota you have the twins. thats enough for your crappy state. onto LA problem solved!

  27. tundrabear says: May 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    Vikings suck , Bears swallow

  28. last starfighter says: May 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    Minni would probably just get an expansion team in a few years after somebody with mega-dough builds a stadium there. Nonetheless, you have to wonder what’s going on with minnesota politics. It has been shown time and time again that new stadiums don’t boost local economies and really just divert funds from more important things. That said, loosing the team could probably hurt the economy there, unless the many many gay bars in downtown Minneapolis can’t fill the void (no pun intended).

  29. cusoman says: May 5, 2010 12:58 PM

    You guys (Florio included) really don’t understand how legislative sessions work in the late periods, do you? A defeat does not mean done – this isn’t the NFL playoffs here. Expect to see another version of the bill pop up before the end of the week and the process to start all over again. This is politics.

  30. Jackson says: May 5, 2010 12:59 PM

    yeah, this is sad. they had better figure this out.

  31. Trader Joe23 says: May 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    Welcome Home Toby…Bring Brett Favre with you!

  32. Nard100 says: May 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    Hey, there’s always PSLs!!! Just kidding. Now to get those Williams’ boys suspended!!

  33. tundrabear says: May 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    # bob nelson is a idiot says: May 5, 2010 12:48 PM
    jimmy smith
    do you have a life or do you get paid to post after vikings post
    these threads show what losers some (not all packer fans are)
    stitting in your basement waiting for a vikings post so you can rip on them classy
    The Vikings lack of Superbowl trophy’s shows what losers they are. 0-4 in superbowls see you in L.A.

  34. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 5, 2010 1:01 PM

    Packer Fans: enjoy this years two games; they will be the last games you have of excitement – if there is a lockout next year

  35. packfan4ever says: May 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    zygi wants them in LA. if he wanted them to stay, he would help fund the stadium himself.
    get the mayflower trucks ready.

  36. Leroy'sButler says: May 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    Typical. There’s no way they get a stadium built with public funding.
    Hopefully the Lions get better so the Pack can have a real rivalry.

  37. GregJenningsFanClub says: May 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    Time for Zygi Wilf to cough up the big bucks!!!

  38. jgreen1570 says: May 5, 2010 1:04 PM

    Vikes fans have been such classless crybabies ever since the NFC Championship game that they almost deserve this. Almost.
    Still, it sucks to see a franchise move, and I feel bad for their fans, even the d-bags that are still posting on Saints stories about how they were robbed.

  39. Jeff says: May 5, 2010 1:04 PM

    Vikings fans will find some kind of way to blame this on the Saints.

  40. Wiscdave says: May 5, 2010 1:04 PM

    This was to be expected the first time out. There is too much money involved, too many rivalries (and political ambitions), and too many pieces of the puzzle to fit together to get a deal done in such a short time. It will take more haggling; I remember how long it took to replace Metropolitan Stadium. And don’t underestimate the role of regional rivalries. For years, many St. Paul residents resented the fact that the Vikings, Twins, and North Stars were all located in the Minneapolis suburbs.

  41. CheersAdam says: May 5, 2010 1:05 PM

    Boooo! Vikings belong in Mn!

  42. JoeSixPack says: May 5, 2010 1:05 PM

    This is an insult to history and all the Vikings who risked their lives to discover Minnesota in the first place.

  43. CYGNUS X-1 says: May 5, 2010 1:07 PM

    what’s gonna happen to them 5 years after they and the other team the jaguars you want to move to L.A. when nobody shows up for thier after the novelty of having a pro team wears off?the fans have proven they do not care about pro football there by having the rams and raiders leave. don’t give me any of it’s the teams fault not ours b.s. either.I am sure viking fans love thier team they just don’t want to be blackmailed into making a billionaire owner even richer. nobody outside of the league office and tv networks care about having a team there,I have never heard a fan wishing there was another team there they could hate.

  44. Dewey Axewoond says: May 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    May 5, 2010 12:40 PM
    Defeat? Just like the Vikings have ended every single one of their seasons, in defeat.
    Well, in defense of their move out to LA, they will save some money because nobody has to worry about moving their trophy case.
    ___________________________
    And of course they can save on uniform material by buying in bulk with the Lakers, who use that same fairy purple & urine yellow.
    Plus, among all the addicts, cross-dressing queens, criminals, and narcissists that populate L.A., they’ll fit right in.
    Happy “sailing”, Hypequeens.

  45. FLYBOY says: May 5, 2010 1:10 PM

    My sources are telling me that Pawlenty addressed the session prior to the vote and as part of his comments he dropped his pants to show off the mullett on his nuts.
    Apparently it backfired as most women (not all) were turned-off.
    Are mulletts popular in Los Angeles?

  46. mixman34 says: May 5, 2010 1:11 PM

    I’m starting to think Jimmy Smith is actually Florio trolling for hits/comments. I mean no one has THAT much spite could they? And surely no ones that dumb right?!
    Well expect for Florio maybe.

  47. Dogsweat says: May 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    Check out the L.A. Stadium.
    http://www.losangelesfootballstadium.com/stadium
    Seats are purple!!!!
    lol

  48. PackAttack says: May 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    I am a huge Packers fan and I would hate to see the Vikings leave Minnesota. As much as I hate the Vikings, I love the rivalry that goes on between Green Bay and Minnesota. I think any Packer fan who is happy to see the Vikings leave is not thinking cleary. It would be one less exciting rivalry we get to look forward to each year.

  49. bh103 says: May 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    Maybe the federal gov will step in.

  50. hrmlss says: May 5, 2010 1:14 PM

    If they move to LA, I hope they change the name to the Los Angeles Tar Pits.
    I like the horns on a watermelon idea, I might have to make one.

  51. Jeff says: May 5, 2010 1:15 PM

    do you have a life or do you get paid to post after vikings post
    these threads show what losers some (not all packer fans are)
    stitting in your basement waiting for a vikings post so you can rip on them classy
    ————————————————
    Seriously, have you ever seen the Vikings fans that come out of the woodwork to cry every time a Saints or “new overtime rules” comes out?

  52. fargovikesfan says: May 5, 2010 1:18 PM

    The MN legislature is full of idiots on BOTH sides of the aisle. Don’t want to give money to billionares to build stadiums… Forget about the millions in revenue that the team brings to the state every year, forget about the hundreds of jobs that would be created by a stadium construction and surrounding infrastructure. Nope, its better to play politics and dick around until they wake up one morning to find that the team has loaded up the trucks and moved to LA in the middle of the night (like when they pissed around and lost the North Stars, or the Lakers). They had an option right in front of them with the “racino” that would have given them $40 million a year towards paying for the stadium, but they don’t even want to touch that. Thanks to the Native American special interest groups that raise a hissy fit if they aren’t the exclusive provider of casinos. Don’t play the “holier than thou” card saying that casinos promote gambling and whatnot. Say it for what it is, you’ve been paid off by a special interest group that doesn’t want to see any competition against it.

  53. CapsLockKey says: May 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    I hate the Vikings, but that team and it’s fans deserve a new stadium. I’ve been to the Metrodome and it’s a dump. Just ask the Twinkies.

  54. klungemonger says: May 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    Ambrose:
    You can’t believe the State of Minnesota won’t save the day? The surprise here is that the elected officials, put in office to serve the best interests of the people, have actually (for a change) done that.
    Most people can’t afford to go to a game already, why on earth should they have to pay to build a billion+ dollar stadium, which they still will have no right or ability to attend even after having footed the bill. Publicly funded stadiums are an outrage, if govt corruption and idiocy weren’t so blatant, rampant, and entrenched I would be stunned that these bills even are given an audience.

  55. AllThat says: May 5, 2010 1:21 PM

    Did someone tell them that Big Ben was coming to town so they said no to the new stadium.

  56. ripped says: May 5, 2010 1:21 PM

    @ rockotica
    You are probably very close to what really will happen, and thats pretty sad.

  57. paoconno says: May 5, 2010 1:21 PM

    As a Vikings fan living in L.A….I can assure you they ain’t living here.
    Roski’s stadium proposal (and the competing one in downtown L.A.) are at least 3-4 years from even being a possibility.
    And I doubt the Vikes wanna play in the Coliseum.

  58. MuskyHunter2542 says: May 5, 2010 1:24 PM

    The Minnesota Lakers of the UFL after the Queens move to LA

  59. ThheVet700 says: May 5, 2010 1:26 PM

    So the Twins have a new home and so do the Gopher’s. But the biggest money maker in town can’t get a new home? WTF I still say LA should not be allowed to have a team. They had two at one time and couldn’t fill the stadiums then. Its a USC town ( when they are winning ) and a Laker town. Get it done Minnesota if the Vikings leave town what are you going to do from October until April? Ice Fishing will only get you so far.

  60. Paulitik says: May 5, 2010 1:28 PM

    I would hope they change the name if they do move. Granted Vikings makes more sense in LA than “Lakers”. How many Lakes are there near LA again?
    With such a high Scandinavian population it would be appropriate to let the city keep the name.
    It’s ridiculous that they can’t agree on a stadium proposal, losing the Vikes would be more of a long term loss of revenue than buliding a stadium would.

  61. Robert James says: May 5, 2010 1:28 PM

    If the Vikings really want to play in Minnesota, then they can pay for the privilege. The costs can be paid by the Vikings fan base thru PSL’s or whatever.
    I’m sure Vikings fans don’t want their team to leave, but the rest of the general public shouldn’t be forced to take on more debt for a professional sports team. We can’t afford this kind of rent seeking/corporate welfare any more.

  62. Oz says: May 5, 2010 1:32 PM

    Viking fans- Don’t worry, maybe they’ll serve real beer instead of 2.3 at you new city’s stadium. And maybe you’ll enjoy your new divisional rivals after the inevitable realignment. Maybe they’ll even let you tailgate. It’ll be fun!

  63. twinkletoes says: May 5, 2010 1:36 PM

    Los Angeles Vikings??? Man, that don’t sound right.

  64. vikingguy says: May 5, 2010 1:36 PM

    Florio! you turd burgalar where’d my post go?

  65. norseman69 says: May 5, 2010 1:39 PM

    I have been a Vikings fan since 1969 & those politicians who screwed this up and voted it down deserve to be replaced in the next election and their names should be made public. They will lose revenue, jobs and credibility.
    I hope Wiff moves the team to LA, and renigs on his commitment not to move them, Minnesotans are in many ways screwed up they elected a radical wrestler for Governor and fish eyed dumb comedian for senate & lost the North Stars & Lakers
    Sorry but after dealing with these morons the past41 years I am now fed up for good..

  66. karmathaitch says: May 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    Why dont you guys ask Prince to front the bill??

  67. PULL&SEAL says: May 5, 2010 1:41 PM

    Evpimp says:
    May 5, 2010 12:55 PM
    Jimmy is Sick of seeing his beloved Packers get beat by the Vikings year in and year out…. Thats why he wants them to move so bad!
    Dont worry Jimmy Mom and Dad will still hold you at night when the Packers lose games.
    You must have just started watching football last season, cause the year before that they split, and the TWO years prior to that the Pack swept the Vikings. Let me do the math on this for you, that means the Pack is 5-3 against the Vikings over the last four years.

  68. turbodog says: May 5, 2010 1:47 PM

    # ItalianArmyGuy says: May 5, 2010 12:55 PM
    INTRODUCING – YOUR 2010 SAN ANTONIO VIKINGS!!
    Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson should be a big hit in River-city. Probably the Spurs and the SA Vikes can bring home championships in the same year to the good folks of South Texas
    Mexico City will get a NFL team before San Antonio does. Keep dreaming amigo

  69. Satanic Hell Creature says: May 5, 2010 1:47 PM

    Real Packer, Bears and Lions fans wouldn’t want the Vikings to move. This has been one of the NFL’s great divisions for almost 50 years, with great rivalries (not so much for the Lions). The only “fans” of the NFC North that want to see the Vikings move are pretty much just whiny
    b!tches that are just hoping a team that is competitive every decade leaves so that a weak sister team like the Rams gets put there in their place. I’m sure they’re the same type of fans that want to see injuries happen to the opposing team, just so their team has a better chance of winning. “Give my team something for free, don’t make them earn it” Classic rivalries should never be broken up in any sport.

  70. axolotl says: May 5, 2010 1:48 PM

    Shouldn’t be a problem. Voters in Pittsburgh and the surrounding county voted No on a referendum to use public funds to build Heinz Field and PNC Park. A little while later they said there was a Plan B which basically involved using public funds anyway.
    Democracy in action.

  71. CapsLockKey says: May 5, 2010 1:49 PM

    I love the “general public” who feel they shouldn’t have to pay for something simply because they don’t go to Vikings games. Of course they will have no problem accepting any sort of economic benefit that comes with having a pro team in your market along with the other attractions and events a new stadium would draw to the city.
    Now maybe the Vikings are just a bunch of assholes and don’t do any of this, but most NFL teams give A LOT back to the community they are a part of through charitable organizations that may not even exist if it weren’t for the NFL players involved and the players themselves re-investing a lot of their money back into the area.

  72. fargovikesfan says: May 5, 2010 1:53 PM

    If the Vikings leave, MN won’t get another team.
    Political stupidity is not exclusive to Washington DC

  73. Boudin says: May 5, 2010 1:55 PM

    10-9 defeat. so close. was it the turnover battle again? despite the final score, did they at least have more yardage so they can claim that this is actually a victory for the team?

  74. clintcooper says: May 5, 2010 1:56 PM

    Why in the world would anyone put forth a bill that forces the public to pay for a private company’s stadium? I bet these are the same people who cry “socialism” whenever public money is expanded to pay for food stamps for people WHO ACTUALLY NEED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO LIVE!

  75. bigstorm says: May 5, 2010 1:57 PM

    Good for the legislature in saying no. Obviously not everyone on the committee was grafted.
    If the NFL doesn’t intervene and lets a venerable franchise like this move the league will suffer for it.
    @ Paulitik….not true. The financial cost/benefit of virtually all pro teams is either a saw off or a deficit over time when it comes to building new stadiums at the public’s expense because it doesn’t stop there. Interest, opportunity costs, etc. all usually over take the financial benefits.
    That’s Harvard’s take on it…not mine.

  76. Hauschild says: May 5, 2010 1:58 PM

    I love how you useful idiots keep speculative stories going for unscrupulous journalists.
    The Vikings aren’t going anywhere. Seriously, how many NFL franchises have left a particular city versus how many have stayed?
    Just relax, let the process unfold and then we can all congratulate each other for saying all along that the Vikings would never leave Minnesota.

  77. iusedtobeteddybayer says: May 5, 2010 1:59 PM

    Give ‘em to Cleveland. I hear they’re looking for a pro franchise to replace the Browns.

  78. sand0 says: May 5, 2010 1:59 PM

    Most didn’t expect this bill to go through on the first run. It is still an important first step. Next year the heat will be on though. For now the Vikes are locked in and if the lawmakers can get a bill to keep them here next year they’d certainly not leave.
    But there is a good chance that our government’s inadequecies will lead to us having to pay more for them next year, especially if the NFL shows any willingness to move the team. Paying a third of the stadium cost is more than most mid market teams historically pay, the Vikes might only offer a quarter or a fifth next year. But that is MN state law and why we pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. Poorly run government, mismanaged programs, etc.
    We also need to work on the idiotic citizens in our own area that feel the Vikings stadium is going to somehow bankrupt us. Some people just lack the intelligence to understand a problem this complex and things like scope and we need some public information to be handed out.
    If we don’t “buy” a stadium for our team then the team is gone. Plain and simple. So you can stfu about crap like “why we give billionaire money, er duh”. That argument is irrelevant. If we want an NFL team, then we, like all other mid to smallish markets will have to foot part of the stadium bill.
    The state owns the stadium and can have 300+ events in it a year. The team will generate about as much taxes for our system as the stadium costs over its lifetime. The “cost” of the stadium is so overblown that it is hard to even talk about. Many Minnesotans will get enjoyment of having an NFL team. It is worth it and you have to be pretty idiotic not to see that. There is a reason that we’ve paid for stadiums in the past and will pay for them in the future. There are reasons many cities do the same. It is just the way it is. We are not the Cowboys with 5 times the fans and revenue. We are not the Giants/Jets with two large market teams in one building.
    Will all citizens be happy with it? Well, no. But such is life. About 30% of my state taxes go to stuff I don’t want like welfare. This stadium would be less than 0.1% of our taxes. WTF who really cares? Liberals think they are so damn smart but they are the most clueless of the bunch usually. We are talking about “raising” taxes by 0.1% for an organization that will pay close to this in taxes over the time. And we get to own a state of the art indoor building for all kinds of neat events.
    The only thing holding this back are people who don’t understand the issue or lawmakers too damn lazy or worried about their political future to get it done.

  79. HellsGrimTyrant says: May 5, 2010 2:00 PM

    Vikings to LA
    Jaguars to St. Louis
    Rams to Minnesota

  80. suicidalscum says: May 5, 2010 2:06 PM

    I love my packers, but damn! hate to see the vikes pack up, and head west. I love hating that queer team right where they are at! why don’t all you minnesotans pony up, get a job, get off welfare, pay some taxes, and build a stadium. retrackable roof? save some money and wean yourselves from indoor football!

  81. Big Tex says: May 5, 2010 2:08 PM

    The seventh largest city in the State of Texas and one guy can get a 1.2 billion dollar stadium built but the whole State of Minnesota can’t. Classic.

  82. GO PACK GO says: May 5, 2010 2:10 PM

    Being a Packer fan and knowing what tradition is I hope they don’t leave and get the stadium figured out. Too much history with Marshall and Tarkington up to Moss and now Peterson. I don’t like change in the NFL.

  83. turbodog says: May 5, 2010 2:10 PM

    great post Boudin…but the bill should have passed. wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  84. Ilovefoolsball says: May 5, 2010 2:11 PM

    Los Angeles vikings really does have a good ring to it.

  85. MuskyHunter2542 says: May 5, 2010 2:16 PM

    PackAttack says:
    May 5, 2010 1:13 PM
    I am a huge Packers fan and I would hate to see the Vikings leave Minnesota. As much as I hate the Vikings, I love the rivalry that goes on between Green Bay and Minnesota. I think any Packer fan who is happy to see the Vikings leave is not thinking cleary. It would be one less exciting rivalry we get to look forward to each year.
    x2

  86. Dewey Axewoond says: May 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    Confession time:
    I LOVE to HATE the Purple Fairies of the North so much, I don’t really want them to go anywhere.
    But it is hard NOT to root for something that you know is bringing/will bring so many of those horn-sucking Biqueen fans uncertainty and anguish.
    P.S.
    Contra says:
    May 5, 2010 12:55 PM
    ethan robert says:
    May 5, 2010 12:45 PM
    The news set off a giant celebration in Wisconsin.

  87. dannymac17 says: May 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    Minnesota is almost as bad of a sports town as San Diego, almost, but not really.
    what they lose? the north stars, lakers, and now the vikings?
    i guess they will focus all their efforts on the Twins cause every other team there has never won anything either.
    San Diego has a hall of fame but display no trophys LOL

  88. PARavensJeff says: May 5, 2010 2:30 PM

    Bye Bye!! Give Jimmy Irsay a call, he can get you a good deal on Mayflower Moing Vans!

  89. PURPLESTEEZ says: May 5, 2010 2:31 PM

    LAST STAR FIGHTER -YOUR HOME IS IN DOWNTOWN MINNAPOLIS?

  90. Johnnyb612 says: May 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    Let’s be honest here. This state never had a pro football team to begin with. And their fans have to be some of the most unloyal and fair weather I’ve ever seen. I didn’t want the dome in the stadium anyways. The Twins should have gotten that. I swear, this stupid state always finds a way to get everything backwards. Sure, the rivalry between the Pack and the Queens won’t be the same, but this was really only a matter of time. Serves their fans right. Their getting just what they deserve.

  91. Chilldress10 says: May 5, 2010 2:37 PM

    This is NOT GOOD! well all the fans will be mad when the vikes leave WE have nothing to blame but OURSELVES! People say they hate CHILLDRESS so that’s why they don’t go, well that is going to lose the Vikes for us. This will be the last year in the dome then off to LA!!
    I have been a vikes fan forever..all 30 years of life but this is sad! Who cares if you hate the coach..he wins games and division titles!! What more do the MN Fans want?? Support them this year or they will be in LA…that makes me sad thinking the vikes will move to LA. This means I will have to buy NFL Ticket

  92. dhunter says: May 5, 2010 2:38 PM

    Why dont the Ziggies build a new vikings dome field they are the ones that make money off the team why should us tax payers get hot with the bill

  93. DocBG says: May 5, 2010 2:45 PM

    # HellsGrimTyrant says: May 5, 2010 2:00 PM
    Vikings to LA
    Jaguars to St. Louis
    Rams to Minnesota
    —————————————————–
    uhm, wouldnt jags to LA solve the problems listed here?
    as I’ve said before, economically, building a stadium makes no financial sense for the area, but most, if not all of the things that the governement does makes no financial sense, and this is something that I as a tax paying Minnesotan would be happy to see funded. cut some damn funding from welfare, housing subsidies, food stamps, MFIP, and all the money that goes to the counties for “emergency rent assistance”
    here’s a hint, I’m a property manager and see tons of people purposely not pay their rent around the quarterly dates that the counties get a big boost of money from the state just so they can belly up to the table and get a big dose of it. the kicker is that they need an eviction letter from their landlords, so they wait for the letter from us (some actually come into the office early to ask for it BEFORE rent is due), then take it down to the county and have the county pay their rent. Some go so far as to pay only a portion of their previous months rent, so that the total due matches EXACTLY with what the county cap is.
    Get rid of funding for stuff like this, divert that money towards the stadium and give the people what they want for a change.

  94. rudedog36 says: May 5, 2010 2:45 PM

    Maybe they should be the L.A. Bi-Queens. You know… to fit in better.
    JK – i guess i would hate to to see them go also.

  95. shiftyshellshocked says: May 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    North Stars all over again. Man these politicians are idiots. But if it was a new DWI law or welfare bandit handout, they would have passed that f@cker in a minute. Skol.

  96. bluestree says: May 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    Hauschild says:
    May 5, 2010 1:58 PM
    Just relax, let the process unfold and then we can all congratulate each other for saying all along that the Vikings would never leave Minnesota.
    se18a29 says:
    May 5, 2010 12:49 PM
    Ziggy said the team isn’t going anywhere. He would sell it before moving it.
    ————————————
    Wish in one hand,…

  97. ChuckForeman44 says: May 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    Hate the Vikes if you want. Thats your priveledge. I hate the Packers. I hate the Bears and the Lions….But as a fan of football, I would hate to see any of those teams move and destroy the rivalries I have enjoyed for the last 40 years. There will be a Revision B to this bill on the floor by the weekend.

  98. SaintsDieHard says: May 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    Let Me guess, This was the Saints fault too right? Or was is the Refs from the Championship game? Face it, even your own State thinks yall are a joke! Cry babies! We will send yall some Vicodin to numb the pain!

  99. Ilovefoolsball says: May 5, 2010 2:47 PM

    It’s probably the refs fault. If they wouldn’t have conspired to let the Saints win the NFC Championship game last year then the Vikings would’ve gone to the superbowl, then the government would’ve seen fit to pass the bill.
    So in the end, it’s the refs fault, Drew Brees’ fault, and Sean Payton’s fault.
    The thing I don’t get is…WHY DO YOU EVEN PONDER PASSING? THIS ISN’T DETROIT MAN!

  100. knightsroundtable says: May 5, 2010 2:52 PM

    you people in the state house have no clue! the only good thing the state has going for it! And you’re willing to turn your back to the Vikings and fan.

  101. Ron says: May 5, 2010 2:53 PM

    As a Viking fan, I can’t think of anything worse than seeing the Vikings move. There is still time, so LA, don’t get your hopes up, keep wearing those watermellon hats. The Vikings aren’t going anywhere.

  102. GBP says: May 5, 2010 2:59 PM

    PERVY!?!?!?!? Save us!!! You said you had connections and this was a done deal. You said they aren’t going anywhere, your sources told you not to worry. Hahahahaha. You are such a QUEER!!! I fight mma I have insider politics, I’m superman (insert lame “I’m puffing myself up on the Internet because the reality is too pathetic to face” assertion) etc etc hahahahaha!
    Go ahead. Now come back at me with something stupid like we beat the packers twice this year or you spelled something wrong and don’t face the real topic of my post. Loser.

  103. smdigh says: May 5, 2010 3:11 PM

    Senate Committed overhauls bill, and comes up with a proposal asking the team to foot 1/3 the bill ‘while raising an unspecified amount by selling permanent seats’. Wonder how much those will be?

  104. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 5, 2010 3:17 PM

    Gopher football can’t sell a game out if they had given tickets away, and they get a stadium?
    The Twins only sell out Brewers and Yankees home games when they were in the dome, and playoff games, and they get a stadium?
    The Vikings sell out 120 straight at the Metrodome, and don’t get a stadium?
    I hate being a Minnesotan sometimes. we only reward mediocrity. if LA wants the vikings, tell them to take the Timberwolves and Gopher football team too. If they took the wolves and gophers, then they’d atleast be going us a small favor.
    ps: eat baby shit, LA. you can’t sustain a kickball game with your economy. if you take the vikings, they’ll be out of LA in less than 10 years. eat shit, a big bag of shit.

  105. LBPACKFAN says: May 5, 2010 3:22 PM

    Pervy is out taking his Viking car flag off…ripping his Cris Carter poster off his wall…and throwing his Viking coasters away (the ones he sets his AppleTini’s on)
    In all honesty…get it done. Don’t move Vikes…

  106. Supersuckers says: May 5, 2010 3:29 PM

    Pervy is rubbing his member to the new old spice body wash commercial currently. He also claimed to have his own funded sports talk forum as well.

  107. Dogsweat says: May 5, 2010 3:29 PM

    Vikings Baby!!!!
    Los Angeles 2012!!!
    http://nflosangeles.mysportspress.com/

  108. DCViking says: May 5, 2010 3:48 PM

    What makes me laugh is all the Saints fans who have forgotten or are just to drunk to remember how willing Benson was to get the team out of NO after the Katrina almost washed the stain of a city away.
    Without all the federal help that poured into LA, the San Antonio Saints would have won last years superbowl.
    I’ll take crap from most franchises about the Viking’s stadium situation but the Saints aren’t one of them…

  109. Calir says: May 5, 2010 3:59 PM

    Had this passed, the Minnesota Tourism group would have had to change their tagline to “Come to Minnesota where we’ll nickel and dime you to hell when you visit so our football team can get a new stadium!”
    If the Millionaire owner wants a new stadium so he can become even more rich, have him pay for it.

  110. jimicos says: May 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    May 5, 2010 12:40 PM
    Defeat? Just like the Vikings have ended every single one of their seasons, in defeat.
    ———————–
    In the spirit of accuracy, this isn’t true. I’m sure there’s been plenty of seasons the Vikings have ended with a win. They just didn’t go to the playoffs those years.

  111. jimicos says: May 5, 2010 5:16 PM

    DCViking says:
    May 5, 2010 12:51 PM
    True Packer fans hate the Vikings, but the love the rivalry.
    Dolts and dumb asses like you (apparently) and JimmySmith don’t get it..
    ————————
    You think there’s a limit on how many rivalries are allowed in the NFL? You think Packer fans’ hatred for the Bears (and pity for the Lions) wouldn’t fill the void left by the Vikings? You think we wouldn’t laugh our asses off?
    I know there’s plenty of Packer fans who like the rivalry and who’d hate to see the queens move. But there’s also a lot like me who recognize that other rivalries would intensify and new ones would be established. You can still hate a team from halfway across the country. Hate has no boundaries.

  112. jimicos says: May 5, 2010 5:26 PM

    Evpimp says:
    May 5, 2010 12:55 PM
    Jimmy is Sick of seeing his beloved Packers get beat by the Vikings year in and year out…. Thats why he wants them to move so bad!
    ————————
    2009 – Packers swept by Vikings
    2008 – Split
    2007 – Vikings swept by Packers
    2006 – Vikings swept by Packers
    2005 – Packers swept by Vikings
    2004 – Vikings swept by Packers
    2003 – Split
    2002 – Split
    2001 – Split
    2000 – Vikings swept by Packers
    1999 – Split
    So.. In the past 10 years, the Vikings have swept the Packers twice and the Packers have swept the Vikings four times.
    Care to revise your statement, Mr. Bryant?

  113. SaintsDieHard says: May 5, 2010 5:57 PM

    DCViking says:
    May 5, 2010 3:48 PM
    What makes me laugh is all the Saints fans who have forgotten or are just to drunk to remember how willing Benson was to get the team out of NO after the Katrina almost washed the stain of a city away.
    Without all the federal help that poured into LA, the San Antonio Saints would have won last years superbowl.
    I’ll take crap from most franchises about the Viking’s stadium situation but the Saints aren’t one of them…
    ===================================
    Hey Jackass,
    The only reason the Saints were in San Antonio is because that was the closest place with the facility to house a “Displaced” NFL Franchise and Benson owns a ranch in San Antonio. Benson was NEVER going to leave New Orleans. The Saints will ALWAYS be in NOLA. Oh and we are not flooded down here anymore, the Water is all gone, has been for years. Dont believe everything you here from Adam Shefter, or Chris Mortensen, and definitely not Florio. I bet you still believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy huh? Still Bitter about that Ass Whippin a few months ago? Well, if you thought that broke your heart, Come to the game so I can see your cry baby face after September 9th. WHO DAT!!! Bahahahahahaha!!! World Champs!

  114. DCViking says: May 5, 2010 6:23 PM

    # jimicos says: May 5, 2010 5:16 PM
    DCViking says:
    May 5, 2010 12:51 PM
    True Packer fans hate the Vikings, but the love the rivalry.
    Dolts and dumb asses like you (apparently) and JimmySmith don’t get it..
    ————————
    You think there’s a limit on how many rivalries are allowed in the NFL? You think Packer fans’ hatred for the Bears (and pity for the Lions) wouldn’t fill the void left by the Vikings? You think we wouldn’t laugh our asses off?
    I know there’s plenty of Packer fans who like the rivalry and who’d hate to see the queens move. But there’s also a lot like me who recognize that other rivalries would intensify and new ones would be established. You can still hate a team from halfway across the country. Hate has no boundaries.
    ——————————————
    I’m sure you would laugh your ass off — I know I would if the roles were reversed. Over time, I’d be disappointed though.
    New rivalries probably would emerge — such is evolution. However, most (notice the caveat) of the best rivalries involve geographic proximity. Furthermore, they are built over time which means you’d be starting from scratch.
    I understand hate travels —- I live in DC and still hate Wisconsin without problem.

  115. DCViking says: May 5, 2010 6:26 PM

    SaintsDieHard says: May 5, 2010 5:57 PM
    DCViking says:
    May 5, 2010 3:48 PM
    What makes me laugh is all the Saints fans who have forgotten or are just to drunk to remember how willing Benson was to get the team out of NO after the Katrina almost washed the stain of a city away.
    Without all the federal help that poured into LA, the San Antonio Saints would have won last years superbowl.
    I’ll take crap from most franchises about the Viking’s stadium situation but the Saints aren’t one of them…
    ===================================
    Hey Jackass,
    The only reason the Saints were in San Antonio is because that was the closest place with the facility to house a “Displaced” NFL Franchise and Benson owns a ranch in San Antonio. Benson was NEVER going to leave New Orleans. The Saints will ALWAYS be in NOLA. Oh and we are not flooded down here anymore, the Water is all gone, has been for years. Dont believe everything you here from Adam Shefter, or Chris Mortensen, and definitely not Florio. I bet you still believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy huh? Still Bitter about that Ass Whippin a few months ago? Well, if you thought that broke your heart, Come to the game so I can see your cry baby face after September 9th. WHO DAT!!! Bahahahahahaha!!! World Champs!
    ———————————–
    Right, Benson wouldn’t have left New Orleans — sure he wouldn’t have. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.
    One field goal constitutes an ass whipping? Not in my book, you won but that’s about it.
    Congrats on the Superdome being home to both the Superbowl champs and world’s largest gang rape.

  116. Ruvell100 says: May 5, 2010 8:06 PM

    Thanks for beating me to it, Jimicos. Discussing football with Vikings fans is like talking to a goldfish. No memory. “The Packers are sick of the Vikings beating them.”
    MM hadn’t lost to Childress until the second game last year. 5-0 up to that point. Of course, Vikings fans wouldn’t pay attention to that, since they don’t give 2 shits about the team until 10 wins or celebrity comes along.

  117. Pervy Harvin says: May 5, 2010 9:08 PM

    GBP says:
    May 5, 2010 2:59 PM
    PERVY!?!?!?!? Save us!!! You said you had connections and this was a done deal. You said they aren’t going anywhere, your sources told you not to worry. Hahahahaha. You are such a QUEER!!!
    ————————————————–
    My sources are still correct juicebox sucker! Vikings will be in a stadium…mark my words turd.

  118. turkeyfunk says: May 6, 2010 12:00 AM

    minnesota lost the lakers, then got the t-wolves.
    they lost the north stars and got the wild.
    maybe they can get the jaguars after the bi-queens move to LA.

  119. RebaT. says: May 6, 2010 3:10 AM

    GOOD! The OWNER should pay the bill… the cheap “Bastard”.
    What’s with the purple “girlie” uniforms? Just like the Lakers. They came from MN initally too.

  120. DAS says: May 6, 2010 2:47 PM

    Vikes fans better hope the Jaguars move to Los Angeles before the Vikings do…

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