A week ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II flew to Minnesota and helped resurrect the then-dead Vikings stadium bill.
The bill currently is ready for a vote before the full Minnesota House of Representatives. The only obstacle for a vote on the floor of the Senate is the Senate Tax Committee, which currently is considering the measure.
One member of the Senate Tax Committee is Senator Scott Dibble, who has been pressing the Vikings for the disclosure of comprehensive financial information.
Even if the bill makes it to the floor of each chamber of the Minnesota Legislature, the funding formula could screw things up. Many Republicans oppose any expansion of gambling, which currently is the designated procedure for raising the state’s contribution of roughly $400 million.
And still looming is the question of whether the proposed bill violates the Minneapolis City Charter via the manner in which it raises the local $150 million share.
One way or another, an answer is coming soon. Folks on both sides of the debate should continue to make their voices heard.
It also may help the Vikings if mammoth rookie Matt Kalil pays a personal visit to each of the legislators who continue to oppose the measure. Or a couple of gangsters sporting helmet horns in their fedoras.