It’s been a bad week for the proposed Vikings stadium in Minnesota. On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton announced that the proposal won’t impose a sales tax on the community hosting the project without a public vote. On Wednesday, House Speaker Kurt Sellers voiced opposition to a special legislative session, which would push the issue completely into 2012.
The team’s lease at the Metrodome expires on January 1.
“The strategy of avoiding a stadium issue has not worked. It only gets more costly and more difficult to resolve, especially if they allow the lease to expire with no action,” Vikings V.P. of business affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley told the Associated Press.
Bagley previously has said that the Vikings won’t sign a new lease at the Metrodome without a plan in place to build a new stadium. He also has told PFT Live that multiple communities have contacted the team about relocation, and that the Vikings have decided to defer such discussions until January 2012.
Some of the politicians in Minnesota could be thinking that the Vikings are bluffing. If the Vikings aren’t bluffing, however, the politicians will lose their chips — and the citizens of Minnesota will lose their football team.