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Vikings stadium bill set to resume journey through Legislature

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Friday’s visit from Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II served as a wake-up call for legislators who likely believed that the Vikings were merely huffing and puffing about a possible move in the near future.  Given the content of Senator Scott Dibble’s email to a constituent regarding the stadium situation, opponents of the current proposal presumably believed that the Vikings can’t make a quick exit from Minnesota, which would buy more time to get something done.

The opponents now presumably realize that an exit can be made sooner than they realized.

With the bill revived on Friday night by the Senate Local Government Committee, the push toward an up-or-down vote will continue.  Vikings director of corporate communications Jeff Anderson tells PFT the team anticipates that a pair of Senate hearings will be held in the next 48 hours.  The first will be a procedural matter in the Senate Rules Committee.  If it passes, the bill will move to the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee.  The team hopes that hearing will be held by Tuesday.

In the House, Republican leadership is working to advance the bill, which died last week in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee.  The Vikings hope to have a better understanding of the process later on Monday.

The team’s goal at this point is to secure a full vote of the Legislature, regardless of the outcome.  If it gets there, expect a series of close votes and other political maneuverings aimed at nudging the measure along but likewise advancing any other political agendas and strategies that are an inherent part of the process.

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  1. TaiwanMike says: Apr 23, 2012 12:02 AM

    Pass the bill. I’m not a Vikings fan, but I really don’t want to see them in Los Angeles. LA has proved over and over that they don’t want the NFL. Don’t take away one of the NFL’s flagship franchises to prove that point once again.

  2. bowhunter8355 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:11 AM

    P A S S I T !!

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 23, 2012 12:30 AM

    There are many hidden costs if the stadium doesn’t get done. For example, think of all the money they’ll have to spend on those new “Welcome to Omaha” signs.

  4. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:33 AM

    Just get them the stadium so we don’t have an update every other hour anymore. PLEAASE

  5. aoc57 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:34 AM

    Politicians…local and National:

    STOP. JUST STOP. YOU ARE RUINING EVERYTHING WE LOVE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY WITH YOUR OWN AGENDAS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON THIS TEAM TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT…LOWER THE PRICE OF SOMETHING.

    SIGNED,
    EVERYONE.

  6. SkeletalDrawing says: Apr 23, 2012 12:35 AM

    As a Packers fan I’d hate to see the Vikings move – it would take years to learn to love to hate the Rams as much.

    But realistically, all you can ask for is an up or down vote – if the elected representatives of Minnesota won’t fund them, that’s for the voters of Minnesota to sort out. After all, there are lots of ways to value your tax dollars; I just hope it makes it out of committee so the voters can see who sides where.

    And hopefully the final vote is representative of what the state wants – you can’t really ask for more than that.

  7. whodey28 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:37 AM

    Sphincter says what?

  8. mgavin78 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:42 AM

    Just send them to LA.

  9. dirtierwater says: Apr 23, 2012 1:11 AM

    How ironic. A state teetering on the brink of bankruptcy is a threat to take a half billion dollar enterprise from a state which isn’t, because they may be wanting to spends billions (they don’t have) to procure the Vikings.

    Only in America.

  10. daryllh says: Apr 23, 2012 1:14 AM

    here’s a bet:

    I bet stadium deal wont be figured out until after this session. balls and chunk of the deal will happen after the election. the 2 month window before Feb 15th will be the deciding factor…like doing your term paper the Sunday night before it’s due.

  11. i10east says: Apr 23, 2012 1:23 AM

    I’ll just go on ahead and do this dumb obligatory post and get it outta the way, even though I’m gonna disagree with myself….

    *Please, let this stadium bill come through; Don’t move the Vikings, it should be the Jags that move!*

    There! That was hard for me as a Jags fan, but now the PFT Vikings board is back to normal….

  12. yankeemofo says: Apr 23, 2012 2:51 AM

    I’m just a lonely old bill…

  13. khmer379 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:56 AM

    Pass the bill and build it already!!!

  14. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Apr 23, 2012 3:15 AM

    kill the bill. i’m not a vikings fan and i really want to see them in los angeles. mn has proven over and over that they don’t want the nfl. don’t waste any more time letting fans turn their back on what could one day be a flagship organization.

  15. catquick says: Apr 23, 2012 3:28 AM

    That cracking sound you’re hearing in Minneapolis is the arms of the legislature being extorted by the Vikings. They have no choice but to fund the stadium, or its lights out the next election cycle. It happens everywhere. A national law against public funding of stadiums needs to be passed. Let them spend their own money. I love football, but those who don’t shouldn’t be paying for it, or anything that isn’t specifically for the public good.

  16. g2extreme says: Apr 23, 2012 3:37 AM

    As a Packer fan in SoCal, I say bring the Vikes to LA. A guaranteed Packers game once a year is alright by me.

  17. spawn201 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:22 AM

    For the love god pass this bill. I will stop watching the NFL altogether before I become a packer fan.

  18. minnysoda says: Apr 23, 2012 4:22 AM

    Hey jerkwads weren’t a bunch of you blaming Republicans for this?
    Once again stupidity reigns
    Taiwan Mike The Vikings are not a NFL flagship franchise and have NEVER won a Super Bowl
    Move them to Toronto they are basically the Canada of the NFL anyway

  19. carolinacraig says: Apr 23, 2012 4:38 AM

    The MN legislature is playing w/ fire. If the Vikings leave, that is it folks. You will never have an NFL team again. That’s it – to the loss of fans everywhere.

  20. jimmysee says: Apr 23, 2012 4:39 AM

    “Vikings stadium bill set to resume journey through Legislature” … “After receiving much needed kick in butt from NFL Big Wigs.”

    (Tell the whole story, here.)

  21. 28for20 says: Apr 23, 2012 5:28 AM

    Without a stadium the Vikings will move out of Minnesota. However, without a stadium, more people will be moving out of the Minnesota legislature! Get it done.

  22. everydayimfumbilin says: Apr 23, 2012 6:36 AM

    I dont care about the vikings.

  23. marlin1894 says: Apr 23, 2012 6:53 AM

    Best of luck to Minnesota fans. It sucks being helpless as your team is ripped away. The Vikings are where they belong, California has enough football teams to begin with.

  24. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2012 7:14 AM

    I hope the Vikings stay but in the long term, we’re going to see this happen all across America with smaller market teams.

    Unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times.

  25. dewalt2990 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:15 AM

    Am I the only one that wants to see that roster blown up? Lots of good players,(that I want) just a bad team. I would be glad to welcome the Rams into the division.

  26. theandy59 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:18 AM

    This issue is completely what’s wrong with America. There are rules in place for such things. But because following the rules would likely result in an influential billionaire and a MINORITY of vocal constituents not getting what they want, plans are being put in place to change, manipulate, and ignore the rules. Minority rules when they have all the money…..

  27. briang123 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:51 AM

    Of course the Republicans are trying to move the bill forward, it’s an election year and they are trying to fool the people of Minnesota. Once the election os over, it will be back to “sorry, we can’t help” and they’ll deny everything like they always do. You can’t trust Republicans for one second.

  28. txxxchief says: Apr 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    The Alamo Dome in San Antonio and Darryll Royal Stadium in Austin are potential temporary venues that are available immediately. Texas is the most populous state in the country, and we would welcome a third NFL franchise. We could get a stadium deal done so quickly it would make the Minnesotans’ and Californicans’ heads spin.

  29. viking10 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:15 AM

    can someone tell me again why it has to be a $950+ milliondollar stadium? if Zygi has $427 million to put in, and he always said he wanted the team to play outside, why not just build a stadium like they have in pittsburgh or seattle and be done with it? how did this turn into Jerry World 2?

  30. kotapug says: Apr 23, 2012 8:15 AM

    @everydayimfumbilin

    “I dont care about the vikings.”

    But you read the stories and post comments ? Let me guess you are a troll from the East ?

  31. viking10 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    I understand the whole idea for the Super Bowl and Final 4…. but at this point, maybe just get an outdoor stadium done?

  32. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 8:25 AM

    The legislature can’t make it happen.

    The CITY Charter of Minneapolis MANDATES/REQUIRES/DEMANDS/INSISTS that the voters of that town decide if they want to make the contribution (150 million!) that the various politicians have decided they should make.

    I know that the Vikings, the NFL, and PFT Planet have no objection to democracy in action right?

  33. boltdaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 8:34 AM

    They don’t get it approved and the Vikings join the Lakers in LA both originally from MN, which confirms that LA is the real second city.

  34. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 23, 2012 8:35 AM

    TaiwanMike says: Apr 23, 2012 12:02 AM

    Pass the bill. I’m not a Vikings fan, but I really don’t want to see them in Los Angeles. LA has proved over and over that they don’t want the NFL. Don’t take away one of the NFL’s flagship franchises to prove that point once again.

    ===============
    “flagship franchise of the NFL”????
    really???
    They’re not even a flagship team of the NFC NORTH

  35. boltdaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    Of course Dems don’t lie, cheat and steal do they. GSA, Fast and Furious, Obama Care, etc, etc. etc.

  36. d1ckyd00 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:41 AM

    CatQuick, I dont like spending money for things I dont want either like librarys, the arts, get over it

  37. gb4mn0 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:42 AM

    Labeling the vikequeefs a “flagship franchise” is tantamount to labeling a turd beautiful.

  38. orangeflh says: Apr 23, 2012 8:48 AM

    Has anyone asked Favre what he thinks?

  39. ernie ernie says: Apr 23, 2012 9:02 AM

    Since I don’t care for hockey or baseball, hate and discontent are a good fill in before football starts in the fall. Hopefully they will shoot this thing down and continue the drama.

  40. das14 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    Don’t even bother. This state legislature has made it clear, they won’t support a NFL franchise. Just move them. This is coming from a Vikes fan. I’m sick of them and can’t wait to express myself when I vote. I see incmbent and I vote for every single other one.

  41. seals1 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    As one who bleeds purple this bill will not get passed. None of these politicians are going to tie themselves to that money in an election year,,,,,,,,,ain’t going to happen.

    This state does not look forward we look at the bottom line today because the people making choices don’t care about tomorrow they care about getting the votes today.

    If this doesn’t get done in a special session during the season,,,,,,,,,,,,,adios amigos. Sad days will strike again and if you thought losing the North Stars hurt the people and the city just wait until NFL multi billion dollar league leaves the city.

    This city is a donkey show.

  42. dcviking says: Apr 23, 2012 9:27 AM

    txxxchief says: Apr 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    The Alamo Dome in San Antonio and Darryll Royal Stadium in Austin are potential temporary venues that are available immediately. Texas is the most populous state in the country, and we would welcome a third NFL franchise. We could get a stadium deal done so quickly it would make the Minnesotans’ and Californicans’ heads spin.
    ———————————————–

    Sure ya could…

    Like Jerrah is gonna allow another team anywhere in the state of Texas…

    But if it makes you feel better, keep telling yourself that…

  43. fargovikesfan says: Apr 23, 2012 9:58 AM

    viking10 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 8:15 AM
    can someone tell me again why it has to be a $950+ milliondollar stadium? if Zygi has $427 million to put in, and he always said he wanted the team to play outside, why not just build a stadium like they have in pittsburgh or seattle and be done with it? how did this turn into Jerry World 2?
    ———————————–
    Because the state or city won’t put money up for an open air stadium, and the Metrodump can’t stay open with no tennants. They won’t be able to draw the NCAA tournament or a Super Bowl or anything like that without a roof.

  44. fargovikesfan says: Apr 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    if they just do something just to get it done, we’re going to end up with a crappy stadium built on the cheap to replace the old crappy stadium that was built on the cheap. Could just call it Metrodump 2.0. If they’re going to do it, do it right so that it lasts and is profitable throughout its life.

  45. calvikefan1 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    Hey Briang- by the republicans denying everything they have saved the country from our dictator -n-chief. Now go cash your welfare check, crawl back into your trailer, turn on Jerry springer and shut -up !

  46. mark921129 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    A private entity getting public dollars for a new building. Does Walmart get public financing for a new store?

    I feel for you, Vikings fans. However, public funding for private companies is wrong.

  47. hodag54501 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:21 AM

    Sorry to go political, but I think it is a factor in the dilly-dally going on in “The Cities”…

    There’s a substantial Tea Party movement within Minnesota(just like here in Wisconsin).

    All taxes are bad to these folks(unless it’s taxes for something they favor).

    Regardless of the long-term economic benefit those taxes might bring(and the subsequent long-term revenues coming to the state), it’s easier to sell “No New Taxes” than it is, “Lets give money to a billionaire”.

  48. notdoingwork says: Apr 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    Elected officials always want to show there power when it comes to sports. These people just our money for themselfs.

  49. cosmoman11 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:50 AM

    What is the real reason that the NFL wants to see public money used to buld this stadium? Is it to keep the Vikings in MN? No. The real reason is to avoid a precedent being set about who pays for new stadiums. If MN won’t pay for the Vikings then the likelihood is that no state will pay for their team in the future.

  50. das14 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:23 AM

    mark921129 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 10:17 AM
    A private entity getting public dollars for a new building. Does Walmart get public financing for a new store?

    I feel for you, Vikings fans. However, public funding for private companies is wrong.

    ————————

    I do respect this opinion. I don’t agree with it because this isn’t fantasy land. It would be wonderful if owners paid for the stadium themselves. Some owners have. That’s great. Since this is obviously the problem and Minnesota will not help to build it. There is only one solution. The team must be moved. That’s not very complicated now is it. I’m done.

  51. cameran0804 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    @minnysoda Yes your right the vikes never won a superbowl,but have won NFL championships & won them early in the franchies. don’t care what team u like, the vikes are a flagship team in the NFL. clown

  52. viking10 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    the state or city wouldn’t have to put any money into an open air stadium. and the stadiums in pittsburgh and seattle are not dumps. they aren’t “just getting it done on the cheap”. zygi can pay for it, take in all revenue, and charge for others to use it. is it ironic that the city and state want it to be a billion dollar stadium, and that now it can’t get passed?

  53. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    txxxchief says:Apr 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    Texas is the most populous state in the country, and we would welcome a third NFL franchise. We could get a stadium deal done so quickly it would make the Minnesotans’ and Californicans’ heads spin.
    __________

    Just for the sake of accuracy, I wanted to point out that California has over 37 million residents and Texas has 25 million. Still, I believe they could get a stadium deal done in Austin or San Antonio because they know how to do things in that state and those are great cities.

    But you ain’t getting my team.

  54. mediasloppy says: Apr 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    I’ll bet every last dollar I have that if the politicians skip the Vikings plan of electronic pull-tabs towards a Stadium they’ll still use it for some other “cause”.

  55. NoHomeTeam says: Apr 23, 2012 2:44 PM

    marlin1894 says: Best of luck to Minnesota fans. It sucks being helpless as your team is ripped away. The Vikings are where they belong, California has enough football teams to begin with.

    Sooo . . . you felt the same way about Los Angeles area football fans when the Rams were ripped away, right?

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