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Report: Vikings lease may apply through 2012

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And just as the Vikings appear to finally be making a genuine push toward working out a new stadium deal, thanks to the looming expiration of their Metrodome lease, a report has surfaced indicating that the lease may not be expiring, after all.

According to Rochelle Olson and Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the lease agreement contains a clause that extends the agreement by one year for every year in which the Metrodome is damaged and the team is forced to play elsewhere for all or part of a season.  That’s precisely what happened in 2010, after a December blizzard caused the roof to collapse, forcing the Vikings to play their final two home games elsewhere.  (One was played in Detroit, and the other was played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.)

“We believe that the use agreement, because of the shortened season, calls for another year at the Dome,” Metropolitan Sports Facilities Chairman Ted Mondale said Friday.

The Vikings understandably aren’t interested in delaying the momentum based on technicalities that would wipe away their current leverage.  “It is not in the state’s or anyone’s best interest to look for any reason to further delay a stadium solution,” Vikings V.P. of business affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said.

Still, Mondale appears to be confident in his position that the Vikings will be back in 2012.  “As I read it, it looked pretty clear but you could argue whether it was a full season or two games,” Mondale said.  “I don’t see a scenario where they aren’t going to play at the Dome in 2012.”

Although the extra year won’t solve the broader dilemma of whether the Vikings will get a new stadium in Minnesota (or someplace else), it eliminates the short-term urgency.  With only a handful of games left in the 2011 season and with the Vikings refusing to do a short-term lease at the Metrodome until the stadium situation is resolved, the Vikings were able to subtly put the screws to Minnesota.  Now, Minnesota can screw back.  At least for a year.

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  1. trbowman says: Nov 4, 2011 4:49 PM

    Great, so this thing has to drag on another year?

  2. ken0west says: Nov 4, 2011 4:55 PM

    Vikes fan can pay taxes like grown ups or not have a team.

    At this point I am hoping the team dumps that cheap fly over city for a real one with a real tax base.

  3. tombradysponytail says: Nov 4, 2011 4:55 PM

    Okay, Minny pols, take the year off, we can take care of this at the end of next year!

  4. sbxxix says: Nov 4, 2011 4:55 PM

    That’s crazy. This could buy Minn some time to really think about keeping their beloved Vikes. If it does Vikes fans will love that jacked up roof in the Dome. They’re gonna give a whole new meaning to raising the roof in Minn lol

  5. emoney12 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:59 PM

    Oops. Maybe the Vikings legal team should have read past page 1.

  6. 7ransponder says: Nov 4, 2011 4:59 PM

    More reasons to silence the so-called fans of the sport here that are pro-Vikings leaving. This allows a deal to be done right and not under severe pressure – it will get done.

  7. jcusa514 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:59 PM

    looks like we have a Mondale involved…great

  8. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 4, 2011 5:00 PM

    To me it sounds like the Vikings are stuck here for at least another year. This isn’t necessarily good news, because some legislators will latch onto this as an excuse to do nothing for another year. These feckless politicians need a sense of urgency to get this thing done.

  9. david7590 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:03 PM

    @jcusa514:
    The Vikes are as good as gone.

  10. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Isn’t it weird that one party is forced to extend the lease because the other party didn’t meet their obligation? The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is supposed to provide a stadium for the Vikings to play in. Their cheap piece of garbage stadium collapsed, so now the Vikings are stuck there for another year. What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?

  11. rugdog100 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Lawsuit.

  12. clefan12 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:06 PM

    So couldn’t the city just damage the stadium somehow every single season?

  13. warvette says: Nov 4, 2011 5:07 PM

    so this is like brent favre all over again? sheesh. will they or won’t they go to los angeles?

  14. hrmlss says: Nov 4, 2011 5:13 PM

    They built the Dump for $68 Million ($155 Mil in now days dollars). Vikes have paid about $160 mil in rent, over the years plus the Commission makes a ton off of the concessions. If they spent $155 mil now for a stadium, imagine what it would be like! There are $60 mil high school stadiums out there! I’m a Packer Fan but the Dumpty Dome needs to go.

  15. nflcraziness says: Nov 4, 2011 5:15 PM

    Hmmm, let me see… I’m sure that would be fought out in courts over many years… after the Vikings have already left. Mondale is an idiot… Only solution is a stadium solution or good-bye, just decide already.

  16. drbob117 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:25 PM

    Like phantomstranger said, why would Minnesota benefit from failing to provide a safe , playable surface for the Vikings. No judge in his right mind would enforce that; the purpose of that clause was probably to ensure no increase to the Vikings in rent after such an event, not to lock the Vikings in for another year. I hate to say it, but it sounds like the pols in Minneapolis are too dumb to appreciate the handwriting on the wall here, and probably won’t until the moving vans are leaving the city. The citizens deserve better, so if I were one of them I’d let these idiots know in no uncertain terms that if the Vikings leave, their political careers are over.

  17. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 4, 2011 5:28 PM

    This just means if they want to leave, they’ll have to write a check to the MSFC somewhere between zero and whatever the MSFC would have made for the 2012 season.

  18. bcknights says: Nov 4, 2011 5:29 PM

    You got to be KIDDING!

  19. tombradysponytail says: Nov 4, 2011 5:34 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Isn’t it weird that one party is forced to extend the lease because the other party didn’t meet their obligation? The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is supposed to provide a stadium for the Vikings to play in. Their cheap piece of garbage stadium collapsed, so now the Vikings are stuck there for another year. What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?
    _________

    Maybe that explains why they thought it would be a good idea to add thousands of gallons of water weight to the snow that was already on the roof…

  20. champguy81 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:38 PM

    This means two things:

    1. New top issue for the 2012 legislature elections in Minnesota!

    2. The new stadium deal (if there will be one) will not get done until a lame-duck Nov/Dec 2012 special session. No legislator will want to take a stand on such a contentious issue just a couple months before an elections.

  21. gb4mn0 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:39 PM

    It just seems curious that this technicality hasn’t been discovered before. You would have thought by now that a team of Attorneys from both side would have cleared a potential hurdle like this long ago.

    This smells like a ploy between the Wilfs and the State to stall this out until they can get a different mutually agreed upon sight. It’s apparent the State isn’t happy with the Arden Hills sight and Zygi doesn’t want to stay downtown. The taxpayers are going to get _ _ _ _ _ _ again.

  22. sevensixtwonato says: Nov 4, 2011 5:40 PM

    ken0west says:
    Nov 4, 2011 4:55 PM
    Vikes fan can pay taxes like grown ups or not have a team.

    At this point I am hoping the team dumps that cheap fly over city for a real one with a real tax base.

    ————————————————–

    So I guess the 16th largest metropolitan area in the country constitutes a “fly over” city?

  23. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 4, 2011 5:40 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:34 PM
    The Phantom Stranger says:Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Isn’t it weird that one party is forced to extend the lease because the other party didn’t meet their obligation? The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is supposed to provide a stadium for the Vikings to play in. Their cheap piece of garbage stadium collapsed, so now the Vikings are stuck there for another year. What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?
    _________

    Maybe that explains why they thought it would be a good idea to add thousands of gallons of water weight to the snow that was already on the roof…
    __________

    Not looking so dumb now, are they?

  24. theytukrjobs says: Nov 4, 2011 5:41 PM

    If this is true it gives our lazy politicians just the excuse they need to not do their jobs for even longer. Woo hoo. Couch here we come!

  25. castleofcheese says: Nov 4, 2011 5:52 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM
    Isn’t it weird that one party is forced to extend the lease because the other party didn’t meet their obligation? The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is supposed to provide a stadium for the Vikings to play in. Their cheap piece of garbage stadium collapsed, so now the Vikings are stuck there for another year. What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?
    ——–
    I would give this 15 thumbs up, if I could. Hilarious.

  26. txxxchief says: Nov 4, 2011 5:56 PM

    Maybe Al Franken will get Obama to sign an executive order taxing “the 1%” to fund the stadium. After all, Minnesotans don’t want to pay for a new stadium themselves. Sounds like the project is “shovel ready” and will create thousands (perhaps millions) of jobs! This issue is far to important and urgent to wait for the legislators and citizens to act!

  27. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Nov 4, 2011 5:58 PM

    For the record, the majority of people here want a new stadium. Its the legislature that doesn’t want to build one and the minority of the people. It’s the same legislature that thought it was a good idea to shut the state down for month over the summer.

  28. elmoron says: Nov 4, 2011 6:06 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM
    What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?
    ==================================
    Their aim?

  29. gb4mn0 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:20 PM

    greatminnesotasportsmind says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:58 PM
    For the record, the majority of people here want a new stadium. Its the legislature that doesn’t want to build one and the minority of the people. It’s the same legislature that thought it was a good idea to shut the state down for month over the summer.

    —————————

    For the record go read the poll taken by the Mpls ST last May, 10th.

    Only 24% want a new stadium. So when does 24% constitute a majority? You must be a liberal.

  30. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 4, 2011 6:20 PM

    Oddly enough, it’s at Hotel California that you can “check in but you can never leave”.

    I guess that hotel is not in L.A. :/

  31. davikes says: Nov 4, 2011 6:25 PM

    Boom! Zygi’s head just exploded.

  32. football2011 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:28 PM

    This clause is likely unenforcable (yes, I am a lawyer). The Viking’s were unable to perform at the Metrodome because the city of Minneapolis failed to adequatly remove snow on the roof or melt it. No malicious intent on the part of the Vikings.

    If I was Zygi Wilf, I would be very angry right now. At best, this is a bad faith gesture and at worst it is legal harrasement.

    Governor Dayton and the others trying to solve this problem need to disavow the Star-Tribune’s interpretation of this clause immediately.

    Even if the courts agree with this interpetation, the Vikings are still free to go in 2013.

    If I were Zygi Wilf, I would be talking to Ed Rosky right now about moving to LA in 2013 and collecting $1.3B instead of unneeded grief.

  33. jusford says: Nov 4, 2011 6:30 PM

    If it was my team and they made me stay in that dump for another year after all the work (and money) to get a deal done by the end of THIS year, I’d be moving the team after 2012 – END OF STORY.
    These “political” #*!wipes are beyond words.

  34. nineroutsider says: Nov 4, 2011 6:30 PM

    Totally off topic, but am I the only one who thinks the Vikes owner looks like a molester?

  35. glac1 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:48 PM

    Their fans are fickle to start with…. imagine how they will support a “lame duck” team.

  36. sgtdick6262 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:48 PM

    maybe the Vikings should have a stock sale to raise money for a new stadium.

  37. hawks4me says: Nov 4, 2011 6:50 PM

    Gives LA another year to get a stadium deal done

  38. purpwalk says: Nov 4, 2011 7:16 PM

    rumor has it, they were sharpening their shovels last December before they went up on that roof to remove the snow

  39. welzy says: Nov 4, 2011 7:30 PM

    sgtdick6262 says:Nov 4, 2011 6:48 PM

    maybe the Vikings should have a stock sale to raise money for a new stadium.
    ————————-

    That only works for teams with a great fan base.

  40. seytonmanning says: Nov 4, 2011 7:48 PM

    yeah,because strong arming the team into staying another year is gunna work.threatening worked so well with the baltimore colts.they pull some crap like this if im the vikings owner,i cut off all negotiations with minnesota and state i am moving the team IMMEDIATELY. call the punks bluff vikings!do not back down from your chance at a stadium that should have been built YEARS AGO!!

  41. section24 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:52 PM

    If MN tries to screw the Vikings on a technicality, expect the Vikings to say ‘ c’est la vie’ to MN whether or not they finally approve a stadium.

  42. kennyrogerschicken says: Nov 4, 2011 9:31 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Isn’t it weird that one party is forced to extend the lease because the other party didn’t meet their obligation? The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is supposed to provide a stadium for the Vikings to play in. Their cheap piece of garbage stadium collapsed, so now the Vikings are stuck there for another year. What’s to stop them from blowing a hole in the roof with a shotgun every year so the Vikings are forced to keep extending the lease another year?

    ————————————-

    You’re either on to something or you’re on something. Either way, this is funny as hell – and could probably happen.

  43. superbowlhomeboy says: Nov 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    welzy says:
    Nov 4, 2011 7:30 PM
    sgtdick6262 says:Nov 4, 2011 6:48 PM

    maybe the Vikings should have a stock sale to raise money for a new stadium.
    ————————-

    That only works for teams with a great fan base.

    ————————————————–

    Or mabe it wont work because that type of ownership is in direct violation of current league rules?

    By the way…Spending 200 bucks a share for something that can not go up in value, won’t ever pay a dividend, and gives you nothing but a voting right dosent make you a “great fan.” It just means your not really smart with your money.

  44. deconjonesbitchslap says: Nov 4, 2011 9:34 PM

    the Wilfs will sell the team to an LA buyer before they go another year without a deal.

  45. football2011 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:50 PM

    Well put Seytonmanning.

    Ted Mondale has to be the stupidest man on the planet.

    A bipartisan concensus was building for a stadium to be financed by e-pull tabs and/or a Racino and had a decent chance to pass.

    AND THEN

    He singlehandedly grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory with this statement

    The only things it did was piss off the Vikings and empower stadium opp0nents.
    .

  46. marthisdil says: Nov 4, 2011 10:04 PM

    If they try and stick the vikes with another year, the vikes should chime in and just say “see ya, we don’t care about a stadium here anymore”.

    Do it in response. Make the state the bad guys. Enjoy your new found friends in LA.

  47. gdeli says: Nov 4, 2011 10:05 PM

    If I was wilf I would say “enough” i’m gonna try to move. mn politicians just keep dicking him around. The billionaire has the leverage I just admit it. He gets money, we have a team, that’s the way it works. good or bad.

  48. hatesycophants says: Nov 4, 2011 10:05 PM

    @sevensixtwonato,

    Leave it to a Minnesotan to brag about being 16th. Hilarious.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  49. thetooloftools says: Nov 4, 2011 10:09 PM

    Why do Cave People even still have teams?

  50. toolkien says: Nov 4, 2011 10:14 PM

    That’s a pretty sweet clause – what’s that known as – the P.O.S. clause?

    “If at any time you are unable to actually use the piece of s#!t facility due to it being a piece of s#!t, you will be required to extend your use of said piece of s#!t facility for another full contract year, assuming the piece of s#!t facility doesn’t completely collapse in the meantime, at which time you will forced to vacate the facility and pay a modest 200% vacating fee and fellate us with full consumption of our ejaculate(s). Bwwaaaaaahhaaaahaaaaahaaaaaaaaa.”

  51. toolkien says: Nov 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    sevensixtwonato says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:40 PM
    ken0west says:
    Nov 4, 2011 4:55 PM
    Vikes fan can pay taxes like grown ups or not have a team.

    At this point I am hoping the team dumps that cheap fly over city for a real one with a real tax base.

    ————————————————–

    So I guess the 16th largest metropolitan area in the country constitutes a “fly over” city?

    =======================

    Yes sir. Believe it or not, sparky, THE ENTIRE MIDWEST IS FLYOVER. It’s all about the coasts, haven’t you realized this yet? Even Chicago, which has the twin cities beat by a mile, is flyover. The coasts don’t give a big brown pile about anything between the Rockies and the Appalachians – it is Dark Territory.

  52. pcarlson77 says: Nov 4, 2011 11:16 PM

    The comments that assert Minnesota doesn’t have a viable tax base is nuts.

    Minnesota has the 8th highest per capita income in the nation. Finding that off the coasts would be at best difficult…. Illinois is higher I believe but aside from that I am not sure you will find anything “inland” with higher income levels.

    As well Minneapolis has a disproportionate number of fortune 500’s in the area.

    There is more than enough money around it is more a matter of politics and timing that is pushing this thing to the brink.

  53. 7ransponder says: Nov 4, 2011 11:18 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Nov 4, 2011 6:20 PM

    —————————

    For the record go read the poll taken by the Mpls ST last May, 10th.

    Only 24% want a new stadium. So when does 24% constitute a majority? You must be a liberal.

    ——————-

    You mean the poll that specifically says “Editor’s note: Instant polls are intended as entertainment. They are not considered to be true measurements of public opinion.”? That one? Glad it entertained you, but you shouldn’t be trying to use it here as a factual basis.

  54. CowboyErik says: Nov 4, 2011 11:19 PM

    FIRST BRET FARVE WOULD NOT GO WAY, now the VIKINGS!!!

  55. santolonius says: Nov 4, 2011 11:42 PM

    frankly i think this is a non story. if wilf feels he can’t get what he wants from the state and needs to go elsewhere, he’s not going to let some b.s. clause in a lease stop him. the pressure is every bit as much on the legislature with or without this revelation.

  56. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 4, 2011 11:49 PM

    “By the way…Spending 200 bucks a share for something that can not go up in value, won’t ever pay a dividend, and gives you nothing but a voting right dosent make you a “great fan.” It just means your not really smart with your money.”
    ———————

    A direct reflection of the Viking fanbase. If you told me I had a choice to pay $200 towards a stadium renovation that would guarantee me watching the Packers for the rest of my life, or they would be gone forever, I wouldn’t think twice about paying it.

    That’s the price of one game for God’s sake. Only a Minnesotan couldn’t see that. So again, as has been stated forever….you are the worst fans in the history of modern sport.

  57. wiklundj78 says: Nov 5, 2011 12:45 AM

    greatminnesotasportsmind says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:58 PM
    For the record, the majority of people here want a new stadium. Its the legislature that doesn’t want to build one and the minority of the people. It’s the same legislature that thought it was a good idea to shut the state down for month over the summer.

    —————————

    For the record go read the poll taken by the Mpls ST last May, 10th.

    Only 24% want a new stadium. So when does 24% constitute a majority? You must be a liberal.

    ——————

    I think the majority of Vikings fans want a new stadium, which is a pretty substantial group of people in our state. We waste a lot of money in this state on things I dont neccessarily use or approve of. Maybe if half the country of Somalia didnt reside in Minneapolis, draining money out of government coffers, we would have some money to help out the Vikings. I’m a staunch conservative republican, so I’m torn about helping out private business. The republicans swept to power in both house and legislature in Minnesota by preaching conservative fiscal policy. So do I want to lose the team I have been following for 30 years, or do I want to make an exception to my beliefs. They imposed a sales tax without referendum for Target Field, why the double standard for the Vikings. If they get this Vikings deal done, we will retain all 4 major sports, with facility peace for a long, long time. Also, for those great packer fan out there who are hoping we keep our team and keep this awesome rivalry, my thanks go out to you.

  58. brewdogg says: Nov 5, 2011 1:17 AM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Nov 4, 2011 11:49 PM
    “By the way…Spending 200 bucks a share for something that can not go up in value, won’t ever pay a dividend, and gives you nothing but a voting right dosent make you a “great fan.” It just means your not really smart with your money.”
    ———————

    A direct reflection of the Viking fanbase. If you told me I had a choice to pay $200 towards a stadium renovation that would guarantee me watching the Packers for the rest of my life, or they would be gone forever, I wouldn’t think twice about paying it.

    That’s the price of one game for God’s sake. Only a Minnesotan couldn’t see that. So again, as has been stated forever….you are the worst fans in the history of modern sport.
    —————————–

    Right. Let’s see….. $1.057 billion divided by $200 is…. 5, 285,000. So if only about 5.3 million people would kick in, then it would be done. Easy task for Packer fans…. What did they get off their last stock sale? Oh, only $20 million…. Hmmmmm……

    Oh yeah, and then there’s the part where the Packers only got away with it because a lawyer found a loophole that the league quickly closed. So it’s a moot point anyway.

    But for argument’s sake, I would love for the Wilfs to come out and say that they are selling shares of the Vikings for $200 a piece. I’ll bet they’d raise more than $20 million…..

  59. staffordsyear says: Nov 5, 2011 1:20 AM

    Keep your coasts..I love livin in the “dark territory”. Keep flying over all day and night..see if I give a flip.

  60. brewdogg says: Nov 5, 2011 1:28 AM

    toolkien says:
    Nov 4, 2011 10:28 PM
    =======================

    Yes sir. Believe it or not, sparky, THE ENTIRE MIDWEST IS FLYOVER. It’s all about the coasts, haven’t you realized this yet? Even Chicago, which has the twin cities beat by a mile, is flyover. The coasts don’t give a big brown pile about anything between the Rockies and the Appalachians – it is Dark Territory.
    ——————————-

    Here’s a news flash for you…. The Midwest could care less if the ocean levels rise to the point that they were lapping at the foothills of the Rockies and the Appalacians. You keep your superiority complex. What does either coast have to offer people who actually believe in working for a living?

  61. superbowlhomeboy says: Nov 5, 2011 1:34 AM

    That’s the price of one game for God’s sake. Only a Minnesotan couldn’t see that. So again, as has been stated forever….you are the worst fans in the history of modern sport.
    ————————————————–

    Ummm…I’m not a Minnesotan.

  62. superbowlhomeboy says: Nov 5, 2011 1:44 AM

    toolkien says:
    Nov 4, 2011 10:28 PM
    Yes sir. Believe it or not, sparky, THE ENTIRE MIDWEST IS FLYOVER. It’s all about the coasts, haven’t you realized this yet? Even Chicago, which has the twin cities beat by a mile, is flyover. The coasts don’t give a big brown pile about anything between the Rockies and the Appalachians – it is Dark Territory.

    ————————————————–
    “Sparky”….Wow, you really don’t need the last four letters of your user name…the first four sum you up just fine.

  63. sevensixtwonato says: Nov 5, 2011 1:52 AM

    hatesycophants says:
    Nov 4, 2011 10:05 PM
    @sevensixtwonato,

    Leave it to a Minnesotan to brag about being 16th. Hilarious.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

    ————————————————–
    What do you wan’t me to brag about #1 New York and North Jersey? I grew up out there, that place sucks!

  64. joj0420 says: Nov 5, 2011 7:21 AM

    so this means were not moving to LA this year? thats what im talking about woot woot keep in minny :)

  65. snarkzilla says: Nov 5, 2011 7:26 AM

    Vikings say stadium lease does expire.

    Dayton and other stadium negotiators said no one with the Vikings has directly threatened a move to Los Angeles or anywhere else. Vikings vice president Lester Bagley has told The Associated Press that both Los Angeles business groups have been in contact, but has continued to stress that the team’s main focus is securing a deal to stay in Minnesota.

  66. dtrb10 says: Nov 5, 2011 1:00 PM

    Actually we are the 15th largest media market in the country not 16th.

  67. clintonportisheadd says: Nov 5, 2011 2:14 PM

    Oops!

    Looks like the Minneapolis stadium folks decided they needed to remind the Governor (among others) that they still have a few cards to play. Seems that there is a bit of a “civil war” among the pro-Viking factions in the state over whose district is going to get public funds IF a deal is ever made. Thats got to be helping things get resolved right?

    For those posters who advocate that the Vikings just blow off the lease clause and move anyway (paying or not paying the last year of the deal) you need to wake up. The stadium people WILL sue-if need be- and force them to play there in 2012. And they WILL win that suit-go ask the Twins!

    And for the final time. The MAJORITY of the residents of Minnesota (fans or not) do not support public funds being handed to a billionaire. Everyone knows that. Its why a public referendum on the subject-the purest form of democracy by the way-was fought tooth and nail by corporate welfare handout/ Wilf bootlickers. They knew it would (and will) lose badly. In fact, every location that has ever had this debate on a new stadium has a major fight over allowing referendums on funding for this very same reason.

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