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Vikings stadium deal “imminent,” but . . . .

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When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Wednesday night that a stadium deal was close, he wasn’t kidding.

A deal reportedly is imminent.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, significant progress was made Thursday on an agreement between the team, the state, and the city.

“I’m hopeful that they’ll get something resolved in the next couple days, but there is no guarantee of that,” Dayton told WCCO radio.  “Of course, that’s the beginning of the process.  It has to get the support of the Minneapolis City Council.  It has to get the support of the Legislature.”

And that’s the key.  The deal doesn’t become a deal until the Legislature passes a bill and Minneapolis approves a plan to come up with its share of the total financial burden.

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  1. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    I believe that this is the second time a deal has reported to be close.

  2. purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    The biggest concern isn’t the legislature, but the Mpls City Council. Mike’s right, an agreement just means the insider powers that be have a deal, not the City Council or the legislature. If this passes though there will be a couple thousand yokels east of here who will be lost without the ability to repeat the incredibly thoughtful and original “LA Vikings” mantra.

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 17, 2012 2:48 PM

    “If this passes…” Eh? That’s about as big an “if” as I’ve ever seen.

  4. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Feb 17, 2012 2:56 PM

    you’re right, purpleheadedguy: the only way we could hate the vikings more, or less, is if they go to l.a…

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    The future of the Vikings in Minnesota will be determined by a small number of cowardly politicians. They insist on a referendum for any proposal to raise taxes, but they would never let the people vote on a proposal that involves new revenue and no taxes. Why? Because they want to protect the special interests that give them campaign money. If we had a referendum on building a metro area casino that would benefit the poorest Indian tribe in the state and raise $150 million annually for a stadium and any number of other things, it would pass in a landslide. Instead, it doesn’t even get a hearing because these politicians are in the back pockets of the other Indian tribes with existing casinos. Gutless.

  6. ninefingers9 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    Didn’t Larry king, or billy jean king, peter king or whoever the hell writes for SI.com write this same thing about a month ago or so?

  7. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Feb 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    I still wouldn’t get my hopes up. I believe it when I see the bulldozers breaking ground on a new stadium. Until then, all this stadium talk and back and forth is meaningless. The longer this situation gets dragged out, the less incentive Wilf has to keep the team in Minnesota.

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Feb 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    Pretty sure we’ve heard this before. Let us know when it’s a reality and then shovel is firmly planted in the ground.

  9. mnjoemama says: Feb 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    The biggest “if” You’ve ever seen? Gerbschidt stick to your multiple personalities crying on the radio its the only funny thing you do!! Eli is better than wodgers !! Go vikes

  10. jimmysee says: Feb 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    So close .. and yet so far.

    (Just like the 2009 Vikings season.)

  11. keevel says: Feb 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    If this passes though there will be a couple thousand yokels east of here who will be lost without the ability to repeat the incredibly thoughtful and original “LA Vikings” mantra.
    ————————————————
    I think Toronto Vikings has a better ring to it.

  12. supermariojosh says: Feb 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    If this passes though there will be a couple thousand yokels east of here who will be lost without the ability to repeat the incredibly thoughtful and original “LA Vikings” mantra.
    ———————————
    Actually us “yokels” have a much better “incredibly thoughtful” mantra as a backup:

    13 is greater than 0

  13. raidersfreak says: Feb 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    Hope it is the finally the real deal. Vikings fans have had enough of this hot and cold stadium talks

  14. j4a1 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    People of Minnesota! Wake up!

    Your state is broke. Your bridges are LITERALLY FALLING DOWN! You have subsidized and built a new stadium for the Twins and the Gophers in the last few years with no forethought given to possibly combining venues for dual purpose.

    Your money is being wasted.

  15. billybatty says: Feb 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    This L.A. “dream market” doesn’t appear so dreamy, when you have a team like the vikes ripe for the pickin and nobody makes it happen.

  16. thevikes85 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    @supermariojosh if you are going to count the 13 championships gotta count our one too.Superbowls fair enough we have none but i wouldn’t expect a packer fan to be clever enough to be truthful i guess its fine.One topic just get the deal done damnit.

  17. ickky says: Feb 17, 2012 5:26 PM

    “The future of the Vikings in Minnesota will be determined by a small number of cowardly politicians. They insist on a referendum for any proposal to raise taxes, but they would never let the people vote on a proposal that involves new revenue and no taxes. Why? Because they want to protect the special interests that give them campaign money. If we had a referendum on building a metro area casino that would benefit the poorest Indian tribe in the state and raise $150 million annually for a stadium and any number of other things, it would pass in a landslide. Instead, it doesn’t even get a hearing because these politicians are in the back pockets of the other Indian tribes with existing casinos. Gutless”

    you are correct sir

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    Chosing Minnesota over LA. Lol

  19. thevikes85 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:39 PM

    @nyyjetsknicks u like the knicks and jets you cant laugh at anyone.cant wait until mell throws his toys out of his pram stops lin getting the ball and ur knicks go back to being terrible.as for the jets i dont have to comment on them cos this is a football site everyone is already laughing at you.

  20. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 17, 2012 5:49 PM

    @nyyjetsknicks u like the knicks and jets you cant laugh at anyone.cant wait until mell throws his toys out of his pram stops lin getting the ball and ur knicks go back to being terrible.as for the jets i dont have to comment on them cos this is a football site everyone is already laughing at you.

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  21. rollteal says: Feb 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    Wow I still don’t understand how the Vikes and gophers didn’t go in together and save a boat load. Not to mention the the the owners should put some into stadiums instead of expecting it all to come out of the taxpayers pocket !

  22. gb4mn0 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    Building a new stadium for the vikequeefs and their twit rubes would be akin to building a monument to abject failure.

  23. bjtmeyer says: Feb 17, 2012 10:15 PM

    I don’t understand why they are wasting their time with this when they could just renovate the metrodome. It would be less expensive. Plus it’s not like the stadium is over 100 years old. I believe if you are going to build a stadium, build it right so that it can be used for 50+ years.

  24. teamnorsecore says: Feb 19, 2012 12:04 AM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Feb 17, 2012 6:59 PM
    Building a new stadium for the vikequeefs and their twit rubes would be akin to building a monument to abject failure.
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    Speaking of queefs………

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