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Minnesota legislative session ends with no stadium deal

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To the surprise of no one, the Minnesota Legislature concluded its regular 2011 session Monday with no bill passed regarding the funding of a new stadium for the Vikings.

The stadium effort remains stuck behind the state’s inability to strike a deal to balance a budget that contains a billion-dollar deficit.

“Five months ago, we began this legislative session with clear goals:  solve our budget deficit while getting Minnesota working again,” Gov. Mark Dayton said, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “Tonight, the Legislature adjourns having accomplished neither.  While it’s disappointing, I remain resolved that we will find common ground and compromise on behalf of Minnesotans.”

The stadium deal will be addressed in a special session, assuming that time is left to address the stadium deal after the budget is finally balanced.  Either way, the Vikings move closer to the final year of their current Metrodome lease with no clarity as to whether a new stadium will be constructed in Minnesota.

To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.

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  1. yzguy431 says: May 24, 2011 9:22 AM

    billion dollar deficit and no stadium deal? outrageous.

  2. chatham10 says: May 24, 2011 9:23 AM

    I know you guys are busy with your daily rumors but if you took the time to read the news you would have known that this was going to wait till the special session, maybe you should call Adam and Mort at ESPN and provide you with a clue.

  3. kingbrady12 says: May 24, 2011 9:27 AM

    If you have a billion dollar deficit, DON’T BUILD A STADIUM

  4. The Prophet says: May 24, 2011 9:33 AM

    Glad to see Tim Pawlenty left Minnesota in such great financial shape!

  5. seatown12 says: May 24, 2011 9:36 AM

    Heads high Minnesota. Hang in there

  6. shawon0meter says: May 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    pathetic

  7. bearskoolaid1985 says: May 24, 2011 9:47 AM

    Hello LA

  8. whatagreatfootballmind says: May 24, 2011 9:47 AM

    Hello LA, or Omaha, or Portland, or Orlando, or Toronto, or Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City

    Let the Vikes leave. We will just build a new stadium in 8 years at twice the price now and get a crappy Jacksonville Jaguar type team.

  9. zxcvbnmjhgfdsa says: May 24, 2011 9:53 AM

    Is it true the NFL wants out of Minn. so that it will never again have to appear in Judge Doty’s courtroom?

  10. carlgerbschmidt says: May 24, 2011 9:53 AM

    Seriously, are we still talking about this? Just stay in the metrodump already. It’s the perfect place for them.

  11. sportsmaniac66 says: May 24, 2011 9:53 AM

    Really people? The Vikes have one of the best owners in the league without a doubt. To let this team leave MN would be horrible. MN is a great sports city and football brings in millions of dollars to the local businesses. Regardless of to the city tax dollars generated by the team itself can and will wipe out the debt over time. The state may have other issues it needs to address, but this deal is seperate. Because this deal makes money. Fact.

  12. milkmandanimal says: May 24, 2011 9:56 AM

    Yeah, they didn’t, you know, do a budget, talk about a stadium, or do anything they needed to do, but they did put a gay marriage ban on the ballot, so kudos to the legislature for really focusing on the important stuff.

    /sarcasm

  13. arnoldziffel says: May 24, 2011 10:08 AM

    It’s May 24th and the politicians are going on summer vacation? What are they trying to do – beat the college kids out of town? A few suggestions:

    1. Cut their pay. If they can afford to leave town without getting the job done, they’re being paid too much.

    2. Cut their insurance package. Now that they’re on vacation, they can afford to buy their own insurance by picking up a summer job.

    3. Cut their retirement benefits. Retire from what?

    * There Viking fans .. enough money saved for a down payment on a nice new stadium. Politicians stink!!!

  14. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 24, 2011 10:08 AM

    “Let the Vikes leave. We will just build a new stadium in 8 years at twice the price now and get a crappy Jacksonville Jaguar type team.”

    That might not be too far off. I’m sure if this Vikings team left, it would be the Browns 2.0 where Minnesota gets to keep the name, colors, records, etc. and the Jags or some other team will move there.

    Regardless of how much you like football, I think everyone would agree that there are more important things in life than football. If the Minnesota legislature cannot figure out the more important things, how can they be expected to figure out the stadium issue.

  15. purpleguy says: May 24, 2011 10:26 AM

    Anyone who pays attention to this process knows its gonna happen either in a special session or next year, so jets may be sufficiently cooled.

  16. mediasloppy says: May 24, 2011 10:30 AM

    If Tim Pawlenty wasn’t such a tool as a Governor the Stadium would be in the process of getting built already…

  17. sevensixtwonato says: May 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    Good thing I have more in my life than just football…

  18. zxcvbnmjhgfdsa says: May 24, 2011 10:59 AM

    I’ll bet the NFL would move the Vikings this afternoon if they could take the lockout insurance case along with them – before Judge Doty enters the damages award.

  19. goombar2 says: May 24, 2011 11:02 AM

    Wilf one of the best owners? Really?

    The difference between Snyder and Wilf is that Snyder makes a HUGE profit every year and the way Wilf shows a profit is from the division of the TV contract.

    Here’s another difference, Snyder actually lives in the same city as the team he owns and is a fan of his own team.

    The things they have in common? They drive up salaries on players through FA. Both owners undermine their staffs that are paid to run the team. How did Childress ever get the final say over personnel? Talk about emasculating the GM. Players are also allowed to go to Wilf with problems and complaints also undermining the staff.

    Good old Red saw more return on his dollar than Wilf will ever see and Red put out a better product on the field… And believe me, that’s not saying much!

  20. vadog says: May 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    Goombar…you’re letting your anti-Viking bias show!! To compare Wilf to Red McCombs or Dan Snyder is just plain ridiculous! Wilf has been putting together an organization that is focused on winning. McCombs saw the Vikings as merely a distraction, a toy. Every Viking fan rejoiced the day he sold the team…he was the cheapest owner in the history of the NFL. He makes Mike Brown look like a big spender!

    Dan Snyder spends more money than any other owner in any other sport…and what does he have to show for it? Only one playoff appearance in ALL the dozen or so years he has owned the Redskins. Every Redskin fan I know (and I live in Virginia where there are A LOT of Skin’s fans) would glady trade owners with the Vikings…or for that fact…any other team. Snyders spends money, but he has no idea how to foster the development of a winning franchise.

  21. thephantomstranger says: May 24, 2011 11:35 AM

    Goombar, Red McCombs inherited a good team and turned it into garbage. Wilf inherited a garbage team and turned it into a good team. He’s willing to spend money despite not having the local revenue that Dan Snyder has. Red wouldn’t even fix the air conditioning in the practice facility. Wilf has made some mistakes (i.e., Chilly) but at least he’s willing to spend money.

  22. vikefan says: May 24, 2011 11:54 AM

    K Groombar, I officially vote to have u banned from this site cause your head is so far up your ass, your common sense is completely senseless!!

    Zygi Wilf bought the Vikings cause the Giants were not for sale and the family loves football.

    He is OBVIOUSLY a great manager of people or the family would not have a billion dollar business empire, it is phenominal that he as an owner is willing to listen to players, it shows that he cares and is willing to make proper business decisions at a super bowl run. It also generates confidence in the players so they can feel calm and relaxed in locker room and proves to them that it is NOT all bout money, but winning a title.

    To compare the Wilfs revenue to any other owner that has a newer stadium is absurd. Of course Snyder has more revenue, so does Dallas, Indy, Chicago, Detroit, NY……anyone with a newer or renovated stadium with more private suits, stadium parking, and general seating will have more revenue idiot.

    McCombs was by far one of the worst owners EVER!! He only cared bout lining his pockets and making a buck, never cared bout winning on the field. Tice had 1/5th the coaching staff Frasier has now, it was so bad when Linehan left Tice had to use his o-line coach as coordinator cause mccombs refused to hiring more coaching staff. Wilf has been willing to do anything/everything to make this a team a proud community member on and off the field. he is easily one the best owners in the NFL, great in community support and not afraid to spend a dime if it helps the team win and make MN more proud.

  23. Justin says: May 24, 2011 12:00 PM

    Ugh I knew that this would be doomed in this session. Why is it every time that the stadium is brought up it is that we need to solve the budget crisis and yet the budget crisis never gets solved! I went into more detail on my sports blog. (Click my name or google Minnesporta)

  24. mndudeness says: May 24, 2011 12:08 PM

    lets take a step back and remember that the lease on the dome is up next year, and the roof collapsed.

    It is a pressing issue regardless of the state budget. One that needs to be resolved for the LONG TERM future of the Vikings in Minnesota. There will always be budget deficits and shortfalls, so we need to look past the short term and look into the future for all Vikings fans and fans of the NFC North

  25. voicefreason says: May 24, 2011 12:36 PM

    I love it. You people that don’t want to spend the money to build the stadium (which so far has nothing to do with raising taxes) seem to think that if we don’t all that money will go to schools, lowering the deficit, libraries and to help feed the poor. How are the flowers and pixie dust?

  26. 1bigtex says: May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    Once again, how it is that Jerry Jones and the seventh largest city in the State of Texas can get probably the finest stadium in the country built, but the whole State of Minnesota can’t agree to build squat.

  27. dontouchmyjunk says: May 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    Corporate Welfare for the Vikings. Why not? Thirty other team owners sucked on the government teat and had a new stadium handed to them by the tax payers. Why not the Vikings?

  28. NoHomeTeam says: May 24, 2011 1:04 PM

    “To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.”

    Uh . . . No.

    Vikings fan by virtue of being raised in the Upper Midwest.
    Live in Los Angeles by choice.
    Became a Rams fan, then got stabbed in the back.
    Want a new NFL franchise here.

    Do not want the Vikings to move.

  29. jebdamone says: May 24, 2011 1:07 PM

    To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.

    i will tell you right now, as a california resident from minnesota and a vikings fan, that i would cease to be a fan if they moved to LA.

  30. willycents says: May 24, 2011 1:07 PM

    Perhaps this is why the owners want a bigger chunk of the revenues? The annual payment on the Minne stadium, assuming it is all financed, would be south of $50M for 25 years.I doubt that the income from it would be that much to the Vikings. Look at the Green Bay books….$5M profit last year. Assuming the Vikes are in a similar situation, How can they possibly build a stadium without help?
    Would any of us invest $1.2B in a business when the return is around $5M…a pre tax profit of .1% on investmenr? If our 401K/IRA’s returned that tiny of an amount would you stay with those investments? Not hardly.

  31. ernieernie says: May 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    this is the same cr__ going on as in Wisconsin.Because the dems are not in power in you’ve got some dems along with the unions doing everything they can to maitain status quo and be a thorn in the side of the repubs.

    Ditto Mark Dayton (dem gov) who has vetoed the heck out of most bills, failed to compromise on a budget and made outlandish request for the Vikes stadium that no one can live with, then he simpley blaimes everyone else for the log jam as in, hey this is what you get electing repubs.

  32. depotnator says: May 24, 2011 1:36 PM

    If the Vikings move to LA, I wonder if the franchise will keep the Vikings name, or whether MN will sue – as Cleveland did when the Browns franchise moved to Baltimore ( Ravens) – to keep the name and history in MN. LA Vikings seems a wierd name anyway. I suppose a marketing contest for renaming the team – should they lose the Viking name – is a predictable blitz for kicking off a new glitzy presence in downtown LA.

  33. depotnator says: May 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    @jebdamone
    “To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.

    i will tell you right now, as a california resident from minnesota and a vikings fan, that i would cease to be a fan if they moved to LA.”

    I don’t think a team relocated to LA will care or depend upon a fan like you. An LA team will inherit the 2nd largest media market in the USA, and a goldmine of new fans and celebrities. You don’t go to (any?) home games now, and you wouldn’t if they move here. No loss for the team.

  34. mvp43 says: May 24, 2011 2:02 PM

    The Stadium will be built one way or another……….There’s just too much value for the entire state in having an NFL team. Also, a majority of the NFL’s success financially is based on teams being identified with certain cities and the rivalries that naturally develope. The NFL can survive without Carolina and Jacksonville, but you start messing with teams like Packers, Bears, Vikings, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, etc…….you got a problem. There’s too many story lines between these teams, and storylines mean $$$$. The very same $$$$ that the networks are paying billions of dollars for. My guess is that even the NFL would chip in more to keep the team in Minnesota if need be.

    he Vikings are staying put as they should.

  35. vikefan says: May 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    @ ernie, i understand dayton has done a lot of vetoing so far, but if repubs would bill something other than continuously slashing everything, maybe something would get done. They want to slash the very aid that keeps low income & elderly alive. All dayton wants to do is raise taxes on top 2% of wage earners, there has to b a compromise inbetween. Someone who can afford to pay more taxes should, that is all dayton is stating, zellers really needs to learn to give a little, if d.c. could get it done, st. paul can. everyone needs to put egos & personal careers aside & compromise.

  36. depotnator says: May 24, 2011 2:43 PM

    It all comes down to money. How much do the Vikings earn for the state of MN and how much will it cost the state of MN to keep them there? How much is it worth to the taxpayers to keep the Vikings in MN? Not all taxpayers are football fans. I suppose that the legislature might want to see the Vikings’ books to see just how much profit the owner is skimming fromthis franchise before they reach into their pockets to support the franchise. Hmmmm…wait…isn’t that what the players are asking from the league as well? When someone is asking you to support them, isn’t it normal to want to see what they are doing with the money they have? Don’t banks require that?

  37. NoHomeTeam says: May 24, 2011 2:55 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says: “That [Let the Vikes leave. We will just build a new stadium in 8 years at twice the price now and get a crappy Jacksonville Jaguar type team.</i?] might not be too far off. I’m sure if this Vikings team left, it would be the Browns 2.0 where Minnesota gets to keep the name, colors, records, etc. and the Jags or some other team will move there.

    I'm not so sure about that, SJA. While I absolutely believe that football fans see the Browns => Ravens => Browns scenario as the model for all future team relocation, it isn’t a lock to happen. As I recall, it was a couple of years after Art Model moved his team that Bud Adams moved his franchise to Tennessee and — against all logic — retained the Oilers identity. He eventually renamed the team, but the expansion franchise for Houston was denied the use of the original name, colors, records, etc. What happened in Cleveland was an anomaly.

    I suspect it all comes down to whether or not a relocation-minded owner believes that the financial benefits of retaining a team identity after a move outweigh the benefits of starting from whole cloth. If the Wilfs ultimately move the team to Los Angeles, I imagine they will conduct extensive studies to determine whether it would be more beneficial to them to attempt to retain a Vikings fan base or cultivate an entirely new one with a more “Southern California” iconography (and no, I’m not sure what that iconography would be, but it wouldn’t be the L.A. Gangbangers, L.A. Crackheads, L.A. Fruits&Nuts, or any other of the delightful witticisms that a handful of you are even now champing at the bit to post).

  38. NoHomeTeam says: May 24, 2011 2:56 PM

    Oop. Ack. “</i"

  39. theytukrjobs says: May 24, 2011 3:35 PM

    Old news. We’ve known for almost a week that the legislature was almost certain to enter a special session and that the Vikings stadium issue would be addressed at that time.

    People need to keep in mind that in terms of dollar values the Vikings stadium will have a negligible effect on the budget. First of all, the stadium plan does not take money from the general pool, so it doesn’t factor into the budget in any way (hence why it is handled after the budget). Second you just can’t compare a 20 million a year state contribution with a 5 billion a year deficit. That is like if you owed someone $5000 and the guy was freaking out about you spending $20 in credit card points on a case of beer.

  40. rajbais says: May 24, 2011 3:43 PM

    Hey!

    The Lakers left Minneapolis for Los Angeles and looked what happened there.

    Even though Jesse Ventura claims to be a social liberal and fiscal conservative, he would’ve given a better effort to get a new stadium for the Vikings!!! Ventura has claimed in the past that he is okay with government healthcare and taxation of legalized marijuana (apologies to PFT)!!!

    As unpopular as this sounds, this is where Art Modell deserves praise.

  41. rcali says: May 24, 2011 4:05 PM

    New Stadiums are toughed. People are taxed, Real fans are not only pushed to the upper deck but hit with PSL’s. Everything else from tickets to parking doubles. All you can hope for is a big tv in the middle of the field to be able to watch the game.

  42. contra74 says: May 24, 2011 4:16 PM

    “To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.”
    ——
    No not really. Im born and raised in Los Angeles and became a big Vikings fan after going to college in Minnesota. Each year I fly back to MN to watch at least 1 game at the Dome while I visit old college friends. I am back home now and still a Vikings fan but no way would I want them to relocate to LA. It just wouldnt be the same. Part of the allure is that they are in Minnesota. Would the Eiffel Tower be as romantic if it were relocated to Billings, Montana? No, its location is what matters. If the Vikings move to LA it would be completely different without the same appeal as if when they were the MN Vikings. Dont get me wrong, I would go to their games if they came to LA but it just wouldnt be the same to me.

  43. leopold332002 says: May 24, 2011 4:18 PM

    whatagreatfootballmind says:
    May 24, 2011 9:47 AM
    Hello LA, or Omaha, or Portland, or Orlando, or Toronto, or Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City

    Let the Vikes leave. We will just build a new stadium in 8 years at twice the price now and get a crappy Jacksonville Jaguar type team.

    Hey meathead, what makes you think that you’re going to have the Jacksonville Jaguars in 8 yrs? We have a great stadium a strong lease and have shown supported better than some teams around the league. Bottom line, don’t be a hater because your team is heading to Hollywood like your former NBA team and by the way take these 2 fingers and stick it where the sun don’t shine. lol.

  44. NoHomeTeam says: May 24, 2011 6:58 PM

    rajbais says:
    1)The Lakers left Minneapolis for Los Angeles and looked what happened there

    2) Even though Jesse Ventura claims to be a social liberal and fiscal conservative, he would’ve given a better effort to get a new stadium for the Vikings!!! Ventura has claimed in the past that he is okay with government healthcare and taxation of legalized marijuana (apologies to PFT)!!!

    3) As unpopular as this sounds, this is where Art Modell deserves praise.

    1) Not sure how you mean this . . . In the sense that the Lakers eventually became very popular here, or that it took something like 30 years for Minnesota to get another NBA team?

    2) So . . . you don’t approve of Jesse Ventura’s administration, and you think he would have handled this better, or you do approve of his tenure as Governor, and you think he would have done a better job?

    3) Uh . . . Um . . . Huh?

  45. dcviking says: May 24, 2011 8:35 PM

    leopold332002 says: May 24, 2011 4:18 PM

    by the way take these 2 fingers and stick it where the sun don’t shine. lol.

    ———————————-

    So what you are saying is that you would like to put your two fingers up somebody’s rectum?

    I guess if that works for you….

  46. leopold332002 says: May 25, 2011 9:10 PM

    leopold332002 says: May 24, 2011 4:18 PM

    by the way take these 2 fingers and stick it where the sun don’t shine. lol.

    ———————————-

    So what you are saying is that you would like to put your two fingers up somebody’s rectum?

    I guess if that works for you….

    ————————————-

    It works for me because viking fans are ignorant for hating on my team. We made strides last year and this dunce is going reckless on our city. I just hate cowards who takes such cheap shots at innocent people.

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