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Vikings bill clears first hurdle in Minnesota Legislature

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After weeks of being stuck in neutral, the drive for a new Vikings stadium finally is moving.  (Maybe the politicians were simply mimicking the team’s offense.)

The House Commerce Committee, on a divided vote, decided to advance a bill regarding stadium construction, according to the Duluth News Tribune.  Because, however, the process missed a deadline, the House Rules Committee must vote to put the measure back on track.

The House Commerce Committee also approved the funding plan.  The funding bill currently is stalled in the Senate.

Representative Morrie Lanning, who introduced the stadium construction bill, said Monday that there is “a very real possibility” the Vikings will leave Minnesota if a new stadium isn’t built.

It’s about time that folks are waking up to this reality.  The question now becomes whether they care enough to keep that from happening.

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46 Responses to “Vikings bill clears first hurdle in Minnesota Legislature”
  1. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Apr 2, 2012 11:27 PM

    Thumbs up if you’ve heard this before? Let’s face it, it’s not getting done this year!!

  2. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 2, 2012 11:35 PM

    Nobody cares.

    Can you rag on the Saints some more :)

  3. tomtusa says: Apr 2, 2012 11:41 PM

    One might say there have been many, many short hops in this process, almost as many McNabb threw last year.

  4. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 2, 2012 11:43 PM

    Skol Vikings!!!!! Purple people eaters again in the sub zero temps.

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 2, 2012 11:49 PM

    With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Anaheim Vikings select…

  6. indyseriesnick says: Apr 3, 2012 12:00 AM

    thank god

    -Vikings fans

  7. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 3, 2012 12:02 AM

    the gentleman in the photo ,,Is that the current mayor of Minneapolis?

  8. Peter Venkman says: Apr 3, 2012 12:03 AM

    Nobody cares.

  9. SkeletalDrawing says: Apr 3, 2012 12:04 AM

    In this sense Farve is the worst thing to happen to them – as the imploding bus O’ doom killed off all buzz around the Vikings right when they needed a groundswell of support.

    Even as Packers fan, I’d hate to see the Vikings leave – divisional rivalries add much to the sport, and I’d hate to lose the purple people eaters to SoCal.

  10. cbfour says: Apr 3, 2012 12:06 AM

    The Minnesota Lakers to LA in 1960

    The Minnesota Vikings to LA in ………

    Can’t wait to see one of the purple and yellow reunited.

  11. lbraiders says: Apr 3, 2012 12:11 AM

    Please Minnesota keep your team in Minnesota we don’t want you in LA your team sucks raider nation baby

  12. vikesfansteve says: Apr 3, 2012 12:13 AM

    The people in MN solutions to most problems is to put their heads in the sand & hope a problem goes away. In this case, if the stadium isn’t built the Vikings will go away. The team can’t compete for quality players with the metrodump. That place was outdated 10 yrs after being built. Now it’s a museum of how not to build a stadium for the future. Outdated facilities, small locker rooms, bad views from certain seats. Tear that eye sore down before it collapses again & this time kills someone.

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 3, 2012 12:14 AM

    This bill will advance through the legislature like Adrian Peterson advances through a defense: 2 yards, 1 yard, loss of two, no gain, three yards, one yard, 55-yard touchdown!

  14. christhefish says: Apr 3, 2012 12:16 AM

    Too little, too late. Politicians making just enough maneuvers so they can say, “Well, it wasn’t MY fault that the Vikings were sold to another state.” And, at the same time, they can avoid being linked to any new state taxes once the team is shipped.

  15. aaa82 says: Apr 3, 2012 12:29 AM

    That’s a sweet picture of Viking’s Bill.

  16. frankgarrett says: Apr 3, 2012 12:30 AM

    screw anything from MN

  17. chawk12thman says: Apr 3, 2012 12:30 AM

    It only passed after they unanimously added the amendment prohibiting bounty systems within property grounds…….

  18. sojudaddy says: Apr 3, 2012 12:31 AM

    Minnesota politicians will mess it up. They’re all D-Bags lead by their ring leader Zellers…

  19. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 3, 2012 12:33 AM

    Who cares, tired of getting my hopes up for false alarms, let me know when the stadium’s approved, until then, fcuk off!

  20. bowhunter8355 says: Apr 3, 2012 12:33 AM

    JUST GET IT DONE!

  21. kmmccorm says: Apr 3, 2012 12:34 AM

    No one cares or it would have been done by now.

  22. thepatriotsaregay says: Apr 3, 2012 12:51 AM

    if they don’t get this done Minnesota is RETARDED! This Tea Party crap has gone on long enough, they’re really flirting with doing major damage to the state economy and losing one of the biggest symbols of the state. Hope it works out. The Rams belong in LA anyway

  23. randomjim says: Apr 3, 2012 12:59 AM

    I’ll wait for the real news, when it’s finally official & dirt is dug.

  24. calvikefan1 says: Apr 3, 2012 1:00 AM

    Oh my GOD, ! the suspense is killing me ! …………….NOT !

  25. eegwaybeegway says: Apr 3, 2012 1:13 AM

    I applaud the staunch people of Minnesota for voicing their opinions and being reluctant to finance these billionaires who want nothing but a free handout from the government to finance their money-making stadiums. The NFL is making money hand over fist from their game and they should have a league-mandated rotating fiscal policy in place that would finance new stadiums for each of the 32 teams (and a 32-year expiration date on a stadium seems about right). Sure the Vikings are a fabric of Minnesota, but the people who inhabit that state have common sense and know right from wrong. The Wilf brothers extorting the state is simply wrong.

  26. petthefurrywall says: Apr 3, 2012 1:18 AM

    Why should tax payers pay for a stadium?

  27. skinsgame says: Apr 3, 2012 1:24 AM

    Why in the world should taxpayers build stadiums for incredibly wealthy business men just so they can then pay even more to enter the stadium? Wake up folks. You’re being robbed.

  28. adiddie says: Apr 3, 2012 1:28 AM

    Come on! We’re so close!

  29. eastcoastblows says: Apr 3, 2012 2:02 AM

    I see Los Angeles having another sports franchise with purple and gold, just not so many championships

  30. khmer379 says: Apr 3, 2012 2:52 AM

    Nothing surprising to us Viking fan anybody in there right mind knows that Minnesota needs the Vikings more then the Vikings need Minnesota get it done or they be gone simple as that

  31. seanmmartin says: Apr 3, 2012 3:43 AM

    That poke at the Vikes offense—though accurate—is the reason PFT will never truly be held with high regard.

  32. harness88 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:03 AM

    Lets go Vikings CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP!Just another piece to the superbowl whooooo!

  33. jenniferxxx says: Apr 3, 2012 4:33 AM

    The first order of business, Zygi Wilf will now be addressed as Lord Wilf. All Minnesotans will avert their eyes when in His presence in deference to his new station. The public coffers were then opened to his Lordship, who helped himself as the cringing serfs knelt in submission.

  34. gb4mn0 says: Apr 3, 2012 6:58 AM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Apr 3, 2012 4:33 AM
    The first order of business, Zygi Wilf will now be addressed as Lord Wilf. All Minnesotans will avert their eyes when in His presence in deference to his new station. The public coffers were then opened to his Lordship, who helped himself as the cringing serfs knelt in submission.

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    Morrie Lanning is one of the Lefts leading pukes in the MN legislature and he’s introducing a Billionaire welfare bill? How can this be? I thought you lefties had only the proletariat’s best interest at heart.

    And you have the gall to chastise people on here who espouse their conservative principles? All you collectivist wear your hatred for the successful as if it is a badge of moral superiority but your just as much in bed with them as the right is.

    You’re the true serfs. You’re in bondage to your discredited ideals that destroyed the economies of entire continents and ruined the lives of hundreds of millions.

  35. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 3, 2012 7:31 AM

    I am retracting all of my past negative comments in reference to the Vikings possibly leaving…The stadium is coming…maybe, well, perhaps…could happen?

  36. Puddy says: Apr 3, 2012 8:08 AM

    The only chance that franchise has of erasing that goose egg super bowl record is to move. Couldn’t happen to a more whinier fan base. Move already

  37. gdeli says: Apr 3, 2012 8:23 AM

    what a bunch of clowns. really

  38. dickroy says: Apr 3, 2012 8:33 AM

    Come on Minnesota. Keep your team. Vikings are sooo cool!

  39. vikescry1 says: Apr 3, 2012 8:42 AM

    AlohaMrHand says:
    Apr 3, 2012 12:02 AM
    the gentleman in the photo ,,Is that the current mayor of Minneapolis?
    ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Gentleman? are you sure? because that’s what all the women looked like when I went there last year for a game.

  40. lnfinite says: Apr 3, 2012 9:32 AM

    Stupid children of the trash talk ilk better realize the Vikings will remain in Minnesota. Good luck making up some other bullcrap to satisfy your pathetic needs,

  41. marat28051988 says: Apr 3, 2012 9:53 AM

    America collapses even money for stadium isn’t present. but at us in their Russia tens are under construction

  42. mediasloppy says: Apr 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    eegwaybeegway says:
    Apr 3, 2012 1:13 AM
    I applaud the staunch people of Minnesota for voicing their opinions and being reluctant to finance these billionaires who want nothing but a free handout from the government to finance their money-making stadiums. The NFL is making money hand over fist from their game and they should have a league-mandated rotating fiscal policy in place that would finance new stadiums for each of the 32 teams (and a 32-year expiration date on a stadium seems about right). Sure the Vikings are a fabric of Minnesota, but the people who inhabit that state have common sense and know right from wrong. The Wilf brothers extorting the state is simply wrong.

    petthefurrywall says:
    Apr 3, 2012 1:18 AM
    Why should tax payers pay for a stadium?

    skinsgame says:
    Apr 3, 2012 1:24 AM
    Why in the world should taxpayers build stadiums for incredibly wealthy business men just so they can then pay even more to enter the stadium? Wake up folks. You’re being robbed.
    ———-

    Just for the record, why should a billionaire pay for a Stadium when he only gets the pay-day money for football games, while the State collects the rest of the revenue for all the other events that will be done there???

    I’m saying this as part of the lower end 99% who has no problems whatsoever with milking billionaires for taxes they can afford, along with stripping them of all their subsidized money on behalf of lobbyist.

  43. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 3, 2012 11:10 AM

    marat28051988 says:Apr 3, 2012 9:53 AM

    America collapses even money for stadium isn’t present. but at us in their Russia tens are under construction
    _________

    This reminds me of magnetic poetry that somebody put up randomly.

  44. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 3, 2012 11:18 AM

    mediasloppy says: Apr 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    Just for the record, why should a billionaire pay for a Stadium when he only gets the pay-day money for football games, while the State collects the rest of the revenue for all the other events that will be done there???

    ————————-

    No one is advocating that. What sane responsible folks are saying is “It is YOUR team. YOU make the profit. You build a stadium and YOU pay for it”

    If Wilf does that then HE can rent it out whenever he wants and charge whatever he wants. Thats not a business the state should be in anyway.

  45. 86chawk says: Apr 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    For those of you who say the people of the State of Minnesota should not help fund a stadium…..your idiots!! The Millions invested by the State will be paid back in BILLIONS, not millions, in tax revenue over the years to come. One Superbowl will double the states investment of a new stadium. Not to mention players income taxes, construction worker income taxes, business taxes, and the list could go on and on. Also local charities would be crushed financially by the donations by the Vikings team and players!! Wake up Minnesota and get this done!!!

  46. mediasloppy says: Apr 3, 2012 3:05 PM

    No one is advocating that. What sane responsible folks are saying is “It is YOUR team. YOU make the profit. You build a stadium and YOU pay for it”

    If Wilf does that then HE can rent it out whenever he wants and charge whatever he wants. Thats not a business the state should be in anyway.
    ————————
    I agree, but Minneapolis wants to tie this Stadium to the Target Center and other endeavors for the City. At least I think that’s the last I heard.

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