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Stadium bill would keep Vikings in Minnesota essentially forever

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Here’s an interesting tidbit from the football stadium bill introduced to the Minnesota Legislature on Friday.  According to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings would have to agree in exchange for the new stadium to transfer the team’s name, logo, colors, history, playing records, and trophies to the state, if the team leaves at any point after the bill becomes law.

If the language makes it into the final bill and if the final bill is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, the Vikings would essentially be tied to Minnesota forever.

Of course, if the team currently known as the Vikings ever leaves, the folks in Minnesota likely would have to wait for an expansion team or a relocated franchise before the 2-D horns could be dusted off and applied to a helmet again.  But unlike the Lakers, a nickname that makes as much sense in L.A. as the Jazz does in Utah, the football franchise would not be permitted to take the identity of the team with it, if it moves.

That said, Kaszuba reports that the bill was met with “little fanfare” when it arrived on Friday, and that the philosophical debate regarding the use of public funds to pay for a football stadium remains, especially in light of ongoing budget issues.  The fact that Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature means that the bill could languish.  (That’s not political editorializing; it’s fact.)

And that’s fine if it happens, as long as the folks involved understand the very real risk of losing the franchise — and the team’s name, logo, colors, history, playing records, and trophies — if decisive action isn’t taken during the current legislative session.

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31 Responses to “Stadium bill would keep Vikings in Minnesota essentially forever”
  1. vikingshipper says: Apr 11, 2011 8:41 AM

    Make it so lawmakers.

  2. chapnastier says: Apr 11, 2011 8:42 AM

    Republicans wanting to use tax payer money to balance a budget instead of supporting entertainment? Sounds pretty good to me. That’s not political editorializing: it’s a fact.

  3. buckeye2280 says: Apr 11, 2011 8:47 AM

    AS a Republican I say good riddens to all teams that take public funds. Sorry but spending priorities should not be made on a billion dollar industry. They can pay for there own buildings or find someone that will. If the state of California that is already billions of dollars in debt wants to spend money they don’t have to get a team in LA so be it. But the day will come when karma will bash them in the head for continuing their reckless spending of tax dollars on things we just can’t afford.

  4. xstaticonradio says: Apr 11, 2011 8:55 AM

    What trophies?

  5. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 11, 2011 8:57 AM

    The GOP doesn’t object to deficits as long as the handouts that cause those deficits go to the RIGHT people. The richest 2% of American, defense firms, oil companies, and Wall St all quality.

    So from a purely political point of view, giving a BILLIONAIRE state money to house his privately owned business would be well within their standards.

    Now–if Ziggy Wilf wanted money for after school programs for poor kids, free medical screenings for women, or healthcare for the poor he would handed his hat and shown the door-pronto!

  6. Kave Krew says: Apr 11, 2011 9:20 AM

    If your team leaves you, it doesn’t matter what name they take with them, it still hurts.

  7. flyindutchman says: Apr 11, 2011 9:29 AM

    Smarterthantheaveragebearfan

    I wish there was a way to give you more than one thumbs up!!!!

  8. huskerguy says: Apr 11, 2011 9:37 AM

    I hate the Vikings but don’t want them to leave. Living in Ohio I have had to hear the whining of Browns fans that lost their franchise to Baltimore just in time to see the old franchise win a Lombardi and the new Browns still acting like an expansion team.

    I like the Packers/Viking rivalry right where it is at. Losing that would lose many years of NFL history. Minnesota NEEDS that team not just for entertainment but for their economy as well.

  9. paulnoga says: Apr 11, 2011 9:46 AM

    Ask the fans in Baltimore after the Colts moved to Indy. it makes a big difference. Seeing the beloved Colts in a new town is devastating.

  10. didiwags says: Apr 11, 2011 9:55 AM

    I have been watching the news about the bill and not once did I hear about the offer to keep the name in MN!!! I do not think many ppl actually KNOW about that offer!!
    GET THE BILL DONE!!!! I am so sick of whiny Republicans not willing to keep sports teams in MN!! How many more do we have to lose before they stop this crap? We lost the Lakers, we lost the North Stars…. do we have to lose our precious Vikings too? You gave the Twins a stadium and the stupid college a stadium. The Vikings should have had one by now!

  11. CowboyErik says: Apr 11, 2011 10:01 AM

    TeaBaggers will not allow it!

  12. ggeden says: Apr 11, 2011 10:37 AM

    Vikings have four George Halas trophies.

  13. dempsey63 says: Apr 11, 2011 10:44 AM

    I lost a $100 bet last season by asserting that Minnesota has never had professional football. (It was kind of a trick question: I had forgotten all about the Duluth Eskimos!)

  14. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 11, 2011 10:50 AM

    Lets see—

    We have the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the league champ.

    We have the Halas and Hunt Trophy for conference champs.

    And we have the Bud Grant-Marv Levy Trophy for close but no cigar..

  15. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 11, 2011 10:56 AM

    CowboyErik says: Apr 11, 2011 10:01 AM

    TeaBaggers will not allow it!

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    Interesting point of view. The Tea Party folks were supposedly all about fiscal sanity. Less taxes, less government, less spending.

    Yet it appears the “invisible forces” have turned that little group of just another far right part of the GOP.

  16. pattersonconsulting says: Apr 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    If they go to LA because they are willing to pay for a new stadium with tax dollars, I don’t want to hear any more news about the California budget crisis or a federal government bailout.

  17. zn0rseman says: Apr 11, 2011 11:09 AM

    Interesting that Republicans are taking so much heat from the media for a stadium bill not getting passed, when democrats were in control of the state of Minnesota for more than a decade and never even got close to getting a bill passed… yet they took almost no flak from the media for it all.

    And thad not political editorializing… it’s a fact.

  18. Kave Krew says: Apr 11, 2011 11:34 AM

    Republicans…….Democrats…….both suck at what they do

    And that’s a fact that you political boys can gnaw at all day long and yet we still seem to be i. The same place……

    Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…….change the word insanity and replace it with ‘Politicizing’

  19. Robert says: Apr 11, 2011 11:51 AM

    Please,

    Take your colors and logo to Los Angeles.

    We want to start fresh with another franchise.

    Stop worshipping the Norweigen Vikings.(Minneapolis is a Somalian Town)

    Minnesota Jaguars…..

  20. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    pattersonconsulting says: Apr 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    If they go to LA because they are willing to pay for a new stadium with tax dollars, I don’t want to hear any more news about the California budget crisis or a federal government bailout.

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    ANY stadium in LA will get zero government money. The City/County?State have all said no many times. Thats why there is STILL no team in the 2nd largest media market in the USA.

    BOTH stadium proposals now being discussed involve rich folks (like Phil Anschutz) paying the bill.

    Hope that makes you feel better…..

  21. chuckyd317 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    I kinda want the Vikes to stay in MN, just so I can take a cab to watch my beloved Packers destroy them instead of jumping in my car and driving 5 hours to GB….

  22. nflfan101 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:43 PM

    PFT Says:
    “The fact that Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature means that the bill could languish. (That’s not political editorializing; it’s fact.)”

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    So you are saying that the Republicans do not believe that the taxpayers should pay for a stadium used by a private business. But that the Democrats believe that taxpayers should pay for a stadium used by a private business.

    I am with the Republicans on this one. Let the Vikings sell PSLs so that the business and patrons who use the stadium pay for it.

  23. mackie66 says: Apr 11, 2011 1:21 PM

    Smarterthentheaveragebearfan. Brother u are right, the National dept is now hovering around 13 trillion, the Nation has an average of 10% unemployed, hell yeah, lets use taxpayers money to build every NFL team a new house, of course thats free. And why should we want to balance the budget? Obama can simply print more money for the Vikings new digs,,,its just paper.
    Not being political just saying,,,, :-)

  24. wjf010 says: Apr 11, 2011 1:30 PM

    Interesting reading all the Republican bashing when it is a group of Republicans who drafted the stadium bill, (The Governor, a dummycrat, does support a stadium bill) but when this fails, we’ll have the dummycrats to thank with their “what about the children?” and “let the billionaires pay for their playground” rhetoric.

    The simplest solution would be to put slot machines at MSP Int’l airport and Mall of America; but of course those same dummycrats still believe that we owe the Native Americans exclusive gaming rights (the income from which they do not share among tribes, BTW.)

    Also – it should be noted that Minnesota is the only state in the country that does not get a dime from the Indians from their casino income. Another great deal done by the dummycrats.

    If the Indians want to keep their exclusive gaming rights – they should pay for the stadium and the few who got rich from gaming can still keep their exclusivity and continue to get richer.

  25. jebdamone says: Apr 11, 2011 1:42 PM

    AS a Republican I say good riddens to all teams that take public funds. Sorry but spending priorities should not be made on a billion dollar industry

    you mean like hospitals? thats a billion dollar industry, so we shouldn’t spend public money on hospitals either?

  26. sanjosecupcrazy says: Apr 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    Good to know that the people of Minnesota have made steps to protect those 4 NFC Championship trophies.

  27. thefiesty1 says: Apr 11, 2011 3:02 PM

    That’s basically the same thing that happened when Bud Adams took the Oilers to Tennessee. Name change, logo, team colors, trophies. Whoops, they didn’t have any trophies either. Only thing better would have been he (Adams) had to move out of Houston, too. Ziggy and the Vikings don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out of Minnesota.

  28. stavreafavre says: Apr 11, 2011 4:28 PM

    Twin Cities already have the artist formerly known as Prince; maybe in a couple of years LA will have the team formerly known as Vikings.

  29. wafflestomp says: Apr 11, 2011 4:54 PM

    sanjosecupcrazy says:
    Apr 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    Good to know that the people of Minnesota have made steps to protect those 4 NFC Championship trophies.

    LMFAO……You so beat me to that punch line.

    Anyways, building stadiums can make sense, though on a case by case basis.

    Green Bay got it done. It was an upgrade that didn’t ask for the moon.
    They also had the common sense to put it on a referendum, allowing the voters to have a voice. (And protection to the politicians.)

    It is estimated that the Packers generate a 44 million dollar financial impact every season in Green Bay.
    This is an older study so the numbers might even be higher.
    That means more tax dollars for better parks, roads and schools.
    You should look at it as an investment in your community.

    The Packers continue to buy up surrounding properties around Lambeau Field for future development which will, hand in hand, eventually lead to more tax revenue.

    Now I understand these are tight economic times, and I really don’t know if a new stadium is even feasible from an economic standpoint in Minnesota.
    But, how sad would it be if we (Packer Fans) didn’t have them to kick around anymore.

  30. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 11, 2011 8:19 PM

    Trophies? What trophies, LOL? Oh yeah – the ones that mean “you came in second”?

    Too good to be true. The Ted Revenge Tour failed miserably, set the team back at QB for years, they pretty much suck on the field and they have no stadium. Good times in Minnehaha.

  31. gbnordic says: Apr 15, 2011 7:49 AM

    Here is a question for you guys, if the Vikes do in fact leave Minnesota(i hope not). I was wondering would you still follw the team formally know as the Vikes, select a new team or stop watching NFL altogether.

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