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Minnesota House passes Vikings stadium bill

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Well, the folks from AEG can use their fancy new 3D fly-through video to lure a team other than the Vikings to L.A.

Maybe.

Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV reports that the Vikings stadium bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives by a vote of 73-58, five more votes than the number needed to advance the bill to the Senate.

Along the way, however, the bill was amended to increase the amount paid by the Vikings and the NFL from $427 million to $532 million.  And the NFL wasn’t thrilled with that revision.

It’s not yet known whether the Senate will make a similar amendment to its version of the bill and, if the Senate doesn’t, how the $105 million gap will be reconciled.

So while the effort is still alive, it still must clear a few more hurdles until it’s time to get out the shovels.

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  1. pickleman77 says: May 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    Wooo Hoooo!!!! Live to fight another day!!! Skol Vikings!!

  2. 123makarov says: May 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    Socialism American Style – taxing everyone to buy something for a billionaire.

  3. apooster says: May 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    Carl Gerbelschmidt’s head just exploded sitting in his mom’s basement playing Call of Duty with cheetos all over his face.

  4. purplereign28 says: May 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    MINNESOTA Vikings!

  5. 123makarov says: May 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.

  6. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    This is like ending the first quarter of a football game and they’ve decided to continue playing the game. Now the Senate has to pass some version of the bill, the two bills have to be reconciled, and the reconciled bill has to be voted on by the House and Senate.

    I learned that from Schoolhouse Rock.

  7. bwerickson82 says: May 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    Yeah it sucks the Vikings have to pay more, but at least the bill is moving. Hopefully the Senate passes this bill so we can move on already.

    Skol Vikings!

  8. mj5150 says: May 7, 2012 11:49 PM

    123makarov says:
    May 7, 2012 11:46 PM
    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.
    ————————————————–
    Give up then-you obviously have no clue how many billions of dollars states spend on things that return NO money back-the Vikings are actually profitable

  9. 7ransponder says: May 7, 2012 11:50 PM

    It’s only one step in the process, sure, but it’s farther than any of these bills have been so far, so it’s major momentum. Keep it going guys!

  10. madmike66 says: May 7, 2012 11:52 PM

    123makarov doesn’t seem to get facts. The billion dollar stadium isn’t for Wilf…it’s for the state. The state would own the stadium, not the Vikings or Wilf. The people of Minnesota would own it. And it wouldn’t be used 8 times, it would be used throughout the year for a host of events, such as concerts and conventions. I know such concepts are hard to understand, but you really should try.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 7, 2012 11:52 PM

    123makarov says:May 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.
    __________

    You must feel strongly about it since you were mashing on F5 to make sure you could get two stupid comments in early. Maybe you should have used some of that time to learn something about the situation.

  12. NFL In L.A. says: May 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    Los Angeles Rams 2015…

  13. bender4700 says: May 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    and now, the starting line up for your:

    Los Angeles Vikings!

    at Running Back, Adrian Peterson.

    Get used to it Minnesotans.

  14. kirschmania says: May 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    Good luck collecting that 100 mil. It ain’t happening. This is just a political move where they can say they weren’t responsible for the team leaving because it was approved. No way the NFL and Zyg are ponying up that dough. Bye bye NFL income tax. Merch tax. Tix tax. Restaurant tax, ect…

  15. In the Weeds says: May 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    Looks like we might have the Minnesota Vikings to kick around a little more.

  16. ndnut says: May 7, 2012 11:57 PM

    I wish I could say F**k the hatred, but I can’t see an extra 105 mil being kicked in. Is that Indian tribe willing to fill the gap?

  17. 123makarov says: May 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    I don’t mean to say municipalities and states shouldn’t work with professional sports teams on new stadiums or renovations.

    However, some of the more common deals are just horrible. For example, taxpayers contribute hundreds of millions of dollars, and the team still owns the stadium, parking, etc in totality. At least St. Louis, I think, had the insight to require a specific number of home games each season in their contract.

    It’s also important to note that while home football games are a huge contributor for a very small market team like Green Bay, the revenue generated for a city like Philadelphia is a drop in the bucket. There’s also good economic research that any additional revenue for major cities may be purely imaginary. The research being that people who didn’t spend $ on football tickets and overpriced hot dogs and beer would spend a similar amount on something else over the course of a year.

    If the Vikings are in financial dire straits, if their owner can’t afford to build his own stadium without taxpayer support, he should do the honorable thing and offer to sell his franchise to the community. That way, the taxpayers get something real and tangible for their investment.

    Nothing prevents a community from buying their own franchise like Green Bay did – except the NFL Charter ha ha. That should be illegal, but laws are written to protect those with the most $.

  18. bender4700 says: May 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    You might have to pay a few extra dollars here or there? Seriously, it wouldn’t raise your cost of living more than a SMALLLLLLL percent, something like .0000002 percent, and your “leaders” are too stupid to keep the only thing keeping Minneapolis relevant. The Timberwolves.. hahaha Twins are your last shot.

    So ridiculous. You don’t vote for a stadium plan, after telling the other side they have to pay $100 million more!

    They have to pay for the right to single handily fund your local businesses?!

    The Mall of America, not exactly next door, and isn’t THAT great. The internet is pretty easy to use.

    Get on your PC’s Viking’s fans. Unless you’re all for a nice move to beautiful SO CAL.

    I feel bad for Vikings fans, I honestly do. Sad.

  19. tweeter75 says: May 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    Hallelujah!!

  20. lostsok says: May 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    LA Visigoths.

  21. duece5 says: May 7, 2012 11:59 PM

    apooster says:May 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    Carl Gerbelschmidt’s head just exploded sitting in his mom’s basement playing Call of Duty with cheetos all over his face.

    duece5 says:

    Hey apooster, I have NEVER read a funnier post, and I have read and written ALOT!!

    ABSOLUTELY hilarious! !Now if you can excuse me, I have to clean off my computer screen after the spit-take theater episode I just had.

    Goodness gracious……my side hurts, and I think I just woke the kids from the laughter.

  22. kernelreefer says: May 7, 2012 11:59 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    May 7, 2012 11:47 PM
    This is like ending the first quarter of a football game and they’ve decided to continue playing the game. Now the Senate has to pass some version of the bill, the two bills have to be reconciled, and the reconciled bill has to be voted on by the House and Senate.

    I learned that from Schoolhouse Rock.

    ——————————–

    The reason that people are celebrating is because this was the biggest hurdle. Votes are there in the Senate.

  23. banlarson says: May 7, 2012 11:59 PM

    Will be interesting to see what the Wilf’s and the NFL do about the $100M+ add’l amount they want the team to cover. Kinda called their bluff while also passing the bill. Now the NFL will look like the bad guys if they refuse the deal and move the team. Nicely done MN. I hope in the end you win the poker hand you’re playing.

  24. Justin says: May 8, 2012 12:00 AM

    WOOT WOOT. SKOL VIKINGS. That is great. I even grabbed a picture of the final vote here. 73-58 http://wp.me/p1zWAl-1ac

  25. footballnut2011 says: May 8, 2012 12:01 AM

    sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!

  26. duece5 says: May 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    123makarov says:May 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.

    duece5 says:

    Because you are an IDIOT, that’s why!!

    Know the facts—the new facility will be used over 300 times, just like the metrodome, but now it will attract Final Fours and eventually a Super Bowl……

    Now, beddy time for you…it’s late.

  27. johnnyv47 says: May 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    If the NFL has the right to black out games then they and the owners should pay for 100% of the stadium bill. If games can be kept from the people then the people should be kept from paying for it.

  28. 123makarov says: May 8, 2012 12:03 AM

    madmike66 says:
    May 7, 2012 11:52 PM
    123makarov doesn’t seem to get facts. The billion dollar stadium isn’t for Wilf…it’s for the state. The state would own the stadium, not the Vikings or Wilf. The people of Minnesota would own it.

    ——————————

    If that’s really the case, then I have no objections as long as a clause is present that prevents the team from being relocated for X (20?) years.

    The relocation clause is necessary since I doubt the people of Minnesota would build this stadium of their own accord, absent demands of the Vikings’ owner; not in the current economic climate at least.

  29. mf7krime says: May 8, 2012 12:04 AM

    Good I hope they keep their team. I don’t want the Vikings here in LA. Bring on the Chargers!!!!

  30. jimiinpa says: May 8, 2012 12:04 AM

    wake me when it’s over

  31. bigbadal21 says: May 8, 2012 12:07 AM

    This means nothing since they did not pass the bill without changing it. Vikings are gone.

  32. AlohaMrHand says: May 8, 2012 12:07 AM

    The Los Angeles Raiders returning soon?

  33. zapzap12 says: May 8, 2012 12:08 AM

    Hey will someone buy me a new car,
    I havn’t earned it. I’ll give u a ride for $100.
    Way to go Vikings u might get a new stadium…u deserve
    it….But hey why not charge $5 for a
    Hot dog to make the owners and
    Players rich…after all our trophy
    Case is empty.

  34. footballnut2011 says: May 8, 2012 12:09 AM

    A happy day for all NFL fans except Carl & Text. Touchdown VIKINGS!!!!

  35. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 8, 2012 12:09 AM

    123makarov says:
    May 7, 2012 11:45 PM
    Socialism American Style – taxing everyone to buy something for a billionaire.
    ————————

    You clearly have no idea what socialism is.

  36. cutlerinception69 says: May 8, 2012 12:12 AM

    When the Vikes move to L.A. they’ll have to realign the divisions right?? Will StL move to the NFC North?

  37. lavikings28 says: May 8, 2012 12:13 AM

    Man I say hell no I hope the senate doesn’t pass it because the vikings need to move out here to la and become the la vikings

  38. mikeincmn says: May 8, 2012 12:14 AM

    100 million is peanuts to the wilfs and the NFL. Especially when the worth of the franchise will skyrocket the minute a new stadium is built.

    Nah, the money I don’t think is as big of a deal as the changes to the length of the lease and the fact the state would get a big cut if the wilfs eventually sell the team.

    Hopefully it continues to pass and we can get it built. This is a very good fanbase that supports the team, it would be a shame to lose the franchise when you look around the NFL and see so many fanbases who don’t care.

  39. im2fast4you123 says: May 8, 2012 12:15 AM

    Once again if the vikings stadium bill isnt passed its gonna cost more money the it would gain. Right now the vikes pay the fome costs so if the vikes leave and the dome stays up then the state becomes responsible for the cost whicb is 4 to 55 million a year. At least a new stadium would bring in money. So to all apposed to the bill you actually know nothing about whats goin on.

  40. mnvikes7897 says: May 8, 2012 12:15 AM

    Please give us Vikings fans a minute to enjoy this small victory and keep the moronic, antagonistic comments to your selves. The L.A. comments and the socialistic comments are retarded. Please just shut up for just a minute and let us enjoy this.

  41. mjkelly77 says: May 8, 2012 12:16 AM

    It’s about time. I didn’t want the Vikes to end up in L.A. with a commensurate shift in division alignments. I want my Lions to face the Vikes twice a season.

  42. veence69 says: May 8, 2012 12:20 AM

    Zygi and the NFL can suck on their disappointment over that extra $100mil. Zygi, you’re a f’n billionaire who is going to raking in the cash once the tax payers fund your stadium. NFL, you’re a multi-billion dollar industry who already has some real messed up PR.

    No one is happy about this hostage crap. Minnesota just wants to keep THEIR team and the fans are doing all they can in the face of threats and incompetent state leaders. That extra $100mil is going to find its way back to your vault, Zygi. Promise.

  43. duluthvikesfan says: May 8, 2012 12:21 AM

    The $105 million increase for the team is a big part of what was needed to get tonight’s votes. If it passes the senate, it then goes to conference. At that point, the amendment will most likely either be removed or reduced to a number the team can live with (lets say $50 million?).

  44. lks311 says: May 8, 2012 12:26 AM

    Wouldn’t celebrate too soon. Still a matter of a $105M gap that needs to be reconciled.

  45. staffordsyear says: May 8, 2012 12:27 AM

    Lets not forget about that law that the opposing public can bring up even if this passes…i believe it consists of any sports facility that costs more than 10 million has to go to a public vote.

    This is far from over.

  46. wpgguy says: May 8, 2012 12:29 AM

    Funny how the NFL views it as unacceptable for the owner to pay the 100 million, but they can’t for the life of them understand why the average Joe should pay for it.

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-minnesota-debt-clock.html

  47. purplereign28 says: May 8, 2012 12:29 AM

    The pieces are in place…

  48. jusford says: May 8, 2012 12:30 AM

    I don’t have a problem with minnesota building a new stadium, but I do have a problem with him not knowing how to pay for it. trying to get money from pull tabs not gonna work. In two years the govt. will be taking money out of the general funds to pay on the bond while trying to figure out how to cut education costs. By that time your construction jobs will be over and the new stadium will be done. Oh and the value of the Vikings will have increased by $400 million thanks to the tax payers.

  49. khmer379 says: May 8, 2012 12:40 AM

    Ill bet anybody money the bill will pass n it will get build I was never worried like the rest of yall lol

  50. randygnyc says: May 8, 2012 12:42 AM

    Why celebrate? If you’re looking to keep the Vikings, this isn’t helping. Why couldn’t the legislature vote on what was agreed upon? Wilf isn’t going to accept a deal that was changed unilaterally, after the fact. The NFL warned them not to change it. As it stands right now (yes terms can be changed again) the Vikings will not stay in Minnesota with this deal.

  51. rcunningham says: May 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    I love how this passed and there is STILL retards spewing the oh so clever LA VIKINGS bs. Do you idiots know how to read?

  52. gooftroopers says: May 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    I think what some of you are failing to realize is that most large projects like this or even a dental visit can have additional charges and 10% is usually a pretty marginal number. It’s just that when your building a billion dollar stadium the 100 or so million sounds like a lot. Trust me the Vikes are posturing but an additional 100 million is a drop in the bucket on this type of deal. They will just be happy to be breaking ground.

  53. zapzap12 says: May 8, 2012 12:47 AM

    Nothing like all the excitment for a loosing
    Franchise…At least the Pack will come here
    Once a year!!!!!

  54. trevor123698 says: May 8, 2012 12:55 AM

    123makarov says:
    May 7, 2012 11:46 PM
    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.
    ————————————————–
    Give up then-you obviously have no clue how many billions of dollars states spend on things that return NO money back-the Vikings are actually profitable

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    What you need to realize is that the state taking on ownership of a building this size is outside the parameters of the government that founded this nation. This is an abomination of all the mankind was meant to become

  55. mj5150 says: May 8, 2012 1:00 AM

    this will kill the deal if the senate does the same requirement-the vikings have already said that it’s “unworkable”

  56. gdeli says: May 8, 2012 1:01 AM

    what a mess

  57. brewdogg says: May 8, 2012 1:01 AM

    123makarov says: May 8, 2012 12:03 AM

    madmike66 says:
    May 7, 2012 11:52 PM
    123makarov doesn’t seem to get facts. The billion dollar stadium isn’t for Wilf…it’s for the state. The state would own the stadium, not the Vikings or Wilf. The people of Minnesota would own it.

    ——————————

    If that’s really the case, then I have no objections as long as a clause is present that prevents the team from being relocated for X (20?) years.

    The relocation clause is necessary since I doubt the people of Minnesota would build this stadium of their own accord, absent demands of the Vikings’ owner; not in the current economic climate at least.
    ———————————

    Every stadium project includes a clause like that, usually for 25-30 years. either wait until you get into high school before you post or get one of the people working at that group home to read what you write before you submit it.

  58. plymouth11 says: May 8, 2012 1:03 AM

    123makarov and all the haters out there can take a hike. Your rhetoric is tired. Let the process play out and if you can’t deal then move to iowa or the dakotas where they don’t have pro sports teams if it bothers you that much. Having the vikings in MN. Enriches the diversity and adds to our quality of life. While nerve-wracking for viking fans and stadium supporters I am trying to stay engaged in the process and let it play out. Hopefully the senate can enhance the bill and make it something that the House, Senate and Vikings can agree on.

  59. jimthebuilder27 says: May 8, 2012 1:04 AM

    No giveaways to billionaires! Tell Zygi Wilf to pay for his own stadium!

  60. mthoover says: May 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    Seriously….it’s Minnesota, the team logo & colors SUCK, and no one outside of the state cares, so do something for the greater good and MOVE the team and create a NEW franchise.

    Purple really sucks and everyone knows it.

  61. packhawk04 says: May 8, 2012 1:06 AM

    Far from over, but a good step. Vikings fans should be happy because if this didnt pass, it was the final nail. Still plenty to be nervous about. There must be a lot of changing to this bill for it to end with a new stadium. The way things have gone so far, the compromise needed to do it is not a given, to say the least.

  62. northstars1991 says: May 8, 2012 1:08 AM

    Great victory for today at least. However the NFL cannot be trusted as it turns out the the Wilf’s will actually put very little of their OWN money into the stadium.

    It’s just a big game to see what the billionaire owners can extort out of the state while they laugh their way to the bank afterwards. NFL owners have way too much power as they have screwed fans in Cleveland, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles and St. Louis. History and tradition means little to the NFL.

  63. zapzap12 says: May 8, 2012 1:09 AM

    Were gonna Twins!!

  64. ruvelligwebuike says: May 8, 2012 1:13 AM

    As much as I want the Vikings to stay in Minnesota so I can go to a few NFL games that are close to home and tickets are readily available, and plus I hate them more than anything….this really doesn’t mean jack.

    The idiot Scandahoovians just passed a bill, but tacked on $105 Million dollars to it. Dude…I don’t go to a store and buy a shirt that is $70 on the rack and then when they ring it up they say, “Well, sir, that will be $92.”

    Um, no. It’s $70. Go to hell. Which is exactly what Zygi and the NFL should say. I’m sorry that American business and honor are too tough for Minnesotans to figure out. Did you guys elect them BECAUSE they’re passive-aggresive?

  65. badgerpackerfan says: May 8, 2012 1:16 AM

    I know all you NFL fans can identify with me here. I’m a die hard Packer fan that grew up in western Wisconsin near the Minnesota border. I would absolutely HATE to see the Vikings go because I absolutely HATE the Vikings. It’s rivalries like this that make us love the NFL. I’m sure that Viking or Bear fans would hate to see the Packers leave as well…even though they hate the team…or love to hate them. We all saw the Northstars leave and although people love the Wild its just not the same with an expansion team.

  66. northstars1991 says: May 8, 2012 1:16 AM

    @bwerickson82, Are you serious?

    The billionaire owner is hardly going to pay ANYTHING for the new stadium. It’s all just a big illusion as our owner from NEW YORK is a BILLIONAIRE and this is what he does for a living, HE MAKES INSANE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND THEN LAUGHS HIS WAY TO THE BANK AFTERWARDS! There’s only one person who doesn’t get screwed in this deal and it’s the owner!

    RE: Yeah it sucks the Vikings have to pay more, but at least the bill is moving.

  67. threedeep1998 says: May 8, 2012 1:16 AM

    Just wanted to comment to the guy who said MN folks are stupid for making a stadium for 8 games a year. This jawn will be all purpose and will be baller

  68. theallegedone says: May 8, 2012 1:17 AM

    123makarov says:
    May 7, 2012 11:46 PM
    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.
    —————————————————-

    8 times huh. Well, first there will be 10 if you include the 2 preseason games. This stadium can also hold large concert tours. This stadium will attract other high profile sporting events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Tournament, Supercross and other events. Guarantee that stadium gets used at least 15-20 times per year. Which may not sound like a lot being is there’s 365 days in a year, but when you get 15-20 events, at max use, with concessions and ticket sales, it definitely adds up. It also creates more jobs.

    Funny how many Minnesota residents talk about “we should use money for better things, such as unemployment”. Umm, this new stadium will create a lot of jobs and bring in a lot of money for the city and state. And why all the fuss now. Nobody seemed to fuss when the Twins and Gophers got new stadiums. But the Vikings home COLLAPSES and is clearly unsafe and people want to renovate?

    Some people in Minnesota just have no clue. Obviously. Same people that voted a pro wrestler as their Governor.

  69. northstars1991 says: May 8, 2012 1:17 AM

    $105 Million? No problem! Just cut Adrian Peterson and use the savings to pay off the debt for the next 5 years!

  70. lnfinite says: May 8, 2012 1:23 AM

    The trolls here want to gain attention making comments to piss us off. I have just one thing to communicate to those losers……

    BOOOYAAA IT PASSED!

    Go bitch about your home life and your trailer court scene. The MINNESOTA Vikings are going no where!

  71. bobnelsonjr says: May 8, 2012 1:24 AM

    This is only the first time that a vote has been taken beyond the committee level in either house.

    There is still the other legislative chamber,
    a conference committee,
    then votes again in each chamber,
    the Governor’s signature, AND
    a referendum by the voters.

    It isn’t over until it is over.

    There are many against corporate welfare that will be fighting this waste of taxpayer dollars boondoggle.

    How foolish is it to build a same size arena, on the exact spot of land, for a billion dollars in interest and construction costs that only raises the vikings from 31st in revenue to 25th in revenue?

    Especially when health care for the elderly is cut to subsidize the profits of a carpet bagging billionaire owner from New York who was not even born in this country.

    It has only been 9 days since the last viking player’s arrest. Perhaps the upcoming one will remind Legislators of who benefits from this corporate welfare.

  72. ruvelligwebuike says: May 8, 2012 1:27 AM

    I just can’t get over this. It’s a microcosm of what people who aren’t from Minnesota have been saying about these losers since my Grandfather wore short pants.

    The legislature nods and smiles and passes the deal…and tacks on $105 million. Those rascals!Like Zygi and the NFL won’t notice? Try being a man for once!

  73. PriorKnowledge says: May 8, 2012 1:36 AM

    Minnesota is anti-competitive and anti-business. How can a business operate there when you negotiate in good faith and the legislature makes a $105 million change when passing the bill.

    Way to go Minnesota. Stick it to those billionaires. Make sure none of them ever brings another big business to your state, because you can’t be trusted. You’ll negotiate with one side of your mouth and raise taxes on your business and your customers later.

  74. thraiderskin says: May 8, 2012 2:04 AM

    I don’t blame Minnesota if they don’t pass this bill, it is a hard sell right now and it is hard to swallow with all the other issues in that state. You are either willing to make the sacrifice or you are not and let the team go. I just don’t want to hear any crying over it. Again, it is a priviledge to have an NFL team and it can get expensive from time to time for a little while, but a new stadium will earn its money back for the state.

  75. greatminnesotasportsmind says: May 8, 2012 2:14 AM

    I was waiting for a cheap shot long the lines of 73-58, the average number of points they lose by.

    Or Donovan McNabb passing yards in the AFL next season.

  76. drunkwino says: May 8, 2012 2:23 AM

    I like the Vikings as much as a broken glass enema but I do hope they end up staying in Minnesota. It’s not like people aren’t filling up the MetrosexualDome every home game. The Vikings have passionate fans and for that reason alone should they say put. I’d never wish losing a team on any fanbase.

    With that said, hey Jacksonville fans? You might really want to try to get more than five hundred people in the stadium. If the Vikes stay put, you look like the next team in line.

  77. trojan33sc says: May 8, 2012 2:31 AM

    So the Senate is going to vote to allocate $100M towards the stadium in Minnesota? I see the irony in that this equates to yet another “Bail-Out” however this time it’s not initiated by Barack. This should be interesting when the “blame-game” cranks up. LOL

    This will never fly……………

  78. airplayful says: May 8, 2012 4:20 AM

    All this stupid sniping sniping aside, I hope Viking fans get to keep their team.

  79. hebertespinosa says: May 8, 2012 6:09 AM

    So’ it seems that the Vikings is still Minnesota property. It would be odd to see anything different than that.

  80. billinlouisiana says: May 8, 2012 6:20 AM

    If I was Wilf I would open real negotiations with the groups in LA. If they offer a better deal overall than MN is then I notify the state and NFL of my intention to move to LA after this season.

  81. dddr1ver says: May 8, 2012 6:28 AM

    “The research being that people who didn’t spend $ on football tickets and overpriced hot dogs and beer would spend a similar amount on something else over the course of a year.”

    This is correct. There is plenty of research that shows that there is NO—ZERO—none—net economic benefit of taxpayer funded stadiums. This is a myth . (I would add links, but apparently when I ass links my posts get deleted.)

    Look at it like this: if the stadium was such a “great deal,” don’t you think the Vikings could get private financing to build it?

    What makes this case even more egregious is that the Twin Cities paid for two other stadiums in the last decade and the University of Minnesota asked the Vikings to go 50/50 on a new football stadium. The Vikings responded by saying “No!”

    The Vikings needed their own billion dollar sandbox (paid for by you dear taxpayer) and couldn’t possibly share with the Gophers.

    Stand firm, Minnesota.

  82. sakatak says: May 8, 2012 6:42 AM

    Any word on the road to the new stadium, gravel or blacktop?

  83. sgmjerry220 says: May 8, 2012 6:53 AM

    Socialism American Style – taxing everyone to buy something for a billionaire.

    ———————————————————–
    Are you serious? Perhaps you future is in reality TV? Yep, American Idiot.
    New Stadium, yeah sure your taxes may move up a couple of tenths; without the stadium your taxes go up a couple of points.

  84. sevensixtwonato says: May 8, 2012 7:14 AM

    123makarov says:May 8, 2012 12:03 AM
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    If that’s really the case, then I have no objections as long as a clause is present that prevents the team from being relocated for X (20?) years.

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    There is….

  85. chippychopsevens says: May 8, 2012 7:15 AM

    Well 123makarov, you should be ready to give up! What you failed to realize is that the stadium is to be used for 100s of different functions. Same as most other stadium venues.

  86. sevensixtwonato says: May 8, 2012 7:17 AM

    staffordsyear says:May 8, 2012 12:27 AM

    Lets not forget about that law that the opposing public can bring up even if this passes…i believe it consists of any sports facility that costs more than 10 million has to go to a public vote.

    This is far from over.
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    From what I understand because there are not any new taxes being levied against the people of Minneapolis this issue will not apply.

  87. shadowman1433 says: May 8, 2012 7:20 AM

    Good for them. Now vikings fans will have a new stadium that they can’t fill on game day.

  88. SmurfJuice says: May 8, 2012 7:30 AM

    mikeincmn says:

    100 million is peanuts to the wilfs and the NFL. Especially when the worth of the franchise will skyrocket the minute a new stadium is built.

    ######

    Why aren’t the Vikings building their new home based on Ford Field?

    Ford Field was built in 2002 at a cost of ~$500M, of which 75% was private investment. It has hosted a Super Bowl, Final Four, WrestleMania, etc. It has a roof that has not caved in.

    I’m sick of each team thinking they must out-do the previous stadiums in the league. “Lions built one for $500M, we need to go $600M!”. Build one that suits YOUR COMMUNITY’S NEEDS. And if the owner of a PRIVATE TEAM doesn’t like it, tell him to pay his own money to upgrade it to his specifications.

    “Our state is prepared to spend $250M to replace the Metrodome with a basic modern domed stadium. If you want luxury suites for your profit margins, YOU upgrade the damn thing”

    By the way, about Ford Field.. The Lions built it themselves in 2002, when the team was valued by Forbes at $509M. Ten years later, that team is valued at $850M. That’s $34.1M per year right there Zygi.

  89. udtfrogmanvet says: May 8, 2012 7:30 AM

    Great for Vikings fans! It sucks getting threaten by L.A…..signed by a Jags fan. Minnesota is such a great and beautiful state.
    We are blessed in Jax to have such a great NFL owner in Shad Khan who treats our team as a fan more so than a “business.”

  90. mtheparrothead says: May 8, 2012 7:32 AM

    Well looks like younger have a pretty new football stadium. All you need is a football team to play in it

  91. zaggs says: May 8, 2012 8:00 AM

    If the Jets and Giants can come together to build a 1.6+ billion dollar stadium, why shouldn’t the Vikings be paying much, much more than 427 million? 650 million should be the least of what they are paying.

  92. sj39 says: May 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    No NFL team is moving to L.A., get used to it. If they are lucky maybe a futbol team will settle there.

  93. bearsfanohio says: May 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    How many owners actually build stadiums outright for their franchises? How many sports teams in general do that? Why are the Twins allowed to get public funding but not the Vikings? So, I guess what people want is to have Zygi Wilf buy the stadium on his own, and then only use it for the 10 times a year his team plays. Unless he decides to host other events there, where he would take in all the profit. Or, you could have the state help (while the Wilfs still contribute the third highest amount in NFL history to a stadium by the way), host 100 events a year, and bring that revenue back to the state. Plus probably host a Superbowl, get a whole bunch of national/international attention/money, and potentially draw other businesses to the state. Yeah, that seems like a horrible idea.

  94. iluvbears says: May 8, 2012 8:09 AM

    123makarov says: May 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    Seriously, though, if Minnesotans can’t understand why half a billion dollars for a stadium intended to be used 8 times a year is a bad investment, then I give up.

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    The Metrodome is used over 300 times per year, as this new stadium will be too. Get your facts straight and quit posting nonsense.

  95. truvikingfan says: May 8, 2012 8:15 AM

    Duluthvikingfan…you are correct. Alot of people are concerned over this 105 million dollar gap, but even the author of the amendment said it can be reconciled in conference committee. It will be reduced to a number more manageable, and acceptable to the Wilfs. The Wilfs will gripe and groan, but in the end, they will pay. As long as the bill passes the Senate, the Vikes will be going nowhere.

  96. fwippel says: May 8, 2012 8:18 AM

    That’s a cheap trick on the part of the state legislature to increase the amount the Vikings must contribute. Did they pull this stunt with the Twins and Gophers? I doubt it.

    If I were Zygi Wilf, I’d be out negotiating with a city that wants a NFL franchise. The Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota have taken the Vikings for granted for far too long.

  97. vikeman32 says: May 8, 2012 8:22 AM

    @123Makarov… Politicians taking tax dollars and bailing out corporations (General motors-Vikings) instead of people has nothing to do with Socialism…it’s called Corporatism.

  98. jtizzle815 says: May 8, 2012 8:33 AM

    Enough with all the L.A. Vikings and Billionaire Wilf Comments. Zygi never said he wanted to move the team to L.A. and he doesn’t want the taxpayers to buy him his own stadium for personal use.

    The Metrodome is a dump and it needs to be replaced. Why not replace it with something good that will last forever. Give the people of Minnesota a facility that will attract all sorts of events and help create jobs and boost the economy in Minnesota.

  99. fritz1218 says: May 8, 2012 8:41 AM

    As a Packer fan living in MN I hope some sort of stadium goes through. But what I would like to see done if all this profit that some seem to think will come from events other than the vikings will make be used to pay down the amount that has to be paid by the public. That’s probably dreaming. The public should also get a % of money that comes from stadium naming rights and seat taxes. Wilf gets to keep that money and don’t ya think that if this thing made economical sense that the Wilf’s would build it themselves????
    Also if the public were able to own a team and their stadium how would you like these bunch of clowns, we call politicians, making decisions in the future for your team??

  100. leatherhelmets says: May 8, 2012 8:42 AM

    We’re gonna make it after all….
    bada bum bum …….ba! (throws hat in the air, smile….and freeze frame).

  101. SmurfJuice says: May 8, 2012 9:02 AM

    Option #1: Wilf builds his own stadium, 100% privately funded. He plays his 10-12 games per year, and sets up a local corporation to run the other 300 events per year. He keeps 100% profit.

    Option #2: Minnesota pays 60% of the new stadium, Wilf/NFL pays 40%. The place is built, the Vikings soar in value, and being the businessman that Wilf is he cashes out. In thirty years, the next owner of the Vikings will complain the stadium isn’t fit for the NFL, and we go through this process all over again (as we did 30 years ago to build the Metrodome). Hennepin County ends up having stadium without a tenant, or forced to build yet again.

    Option #3: Billionaire builds a visionary new stadium in the 2nd largest city in America, with his own money. He already invested $1B, why not invest another $500M-$1B to gain controlling interest of a franchise to relocate? He gains 100% of profit, new city gains tax and tourism revenue.

    That is what all this boils down to. Pick an option, and go with it.

  102. nuebby says: May 8, 2012 9:07 AM

    Now we should start working on the next Vikings stadium bill!!

  103. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 8, 2012 9:14 AM

    LA Vandals!

  104. wludford says: May 8, 2012 9:14 AM

    Next the Senate will vote on a new stadium bill, which will likely pass. Then the House version and the Senate version will go to a conference committee, which will hammer out the differences into one bill, negotiating with the Vikings. After all that, both the House and Senate will vote on the bill, as hammered out and negotiated with the Vikings. These will be the crucial, and closest votes, as some of the things that passed the House and Senate originally will not be agreed to in the conference committee bill, negotiated with the Vikings. If the conference committee bill passes both chambers, the Governor will sign it into law.

    So, keep up the pressure- keep contacting your legislators- show your support! It does make a difference! Politicians do not want to vote against something when support is coming in 20-1, which it has been.

  105. buffaloviking says: May 8, 2012 9:15 AM

    AGAIN, all you people who think by letting the Vikings leave. You arent going to save any money for yourselves, the idiot politicians that are letting them go, and feeling good about themselves will have to find 520million to subsidize their stupidity. YOU are going to be taxed(and still whinning), Ziggy is still going to be rich, and gamblers will still be gambling.

  106. kidpresentable says: May 8, 2012 9:16 AM

    Well played Minnesota politicians. If they voted for it, they can say they tried to keep the Vikings in town AND they voted to save taxpayers $105 million. Now if the Vikings don’t like the price increase, it’s on them. If Minneapolis voters shoot down the referendum it’s on them. The “Yes” votes will get out of this relatively unscathed.

  107. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 9:19 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:May 8, 2012 1:24 AM

    This is only the first time that a vote has been taken beyond the committee level in either house.

    There is still the other legislative chamber,
    a conference committee,
    then votes again in each chamber,
    the Governor’s signature, AND
    a referendum by the voters.
    ________

    Thanks for crawling out from under your rock, Bob. There will be no referendum by the voters. The City Council already voted to waive that requirement. This bill uses an existing tax rather than a new tax so the referendum requirement does not apply. Besides, the guy who snuck that in there originally is eating road kill in northern Minnesota right now.

  108. ernie ernie says: May 8, 2012 9:24 AM

    Minnesota politics is insanity at its best.
    The house changes the bill and votes to approve it.
    The Senate however gets to vote on the original bill and not the one the house just passed? If so why didn’t they both vote at the same time and get it over with?
    Yes the house bill passes with 105 million increase to the team but that doesn’t mean the senate will pay this increase along.
    I understand they are bringing Yogi Berra in to explain all this.

  109. i10east says: May 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    Congrats Vikes fans, it looks like the Vikes are gonna stay in Minny, so we have come up with a name for the stadium.

    General Mills Field?
    Best Buy Bowl?
    3M Stadium at Arden Hills?

  110. taintedsaints2009 says: May 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    mj5150

    the vikings are NOT a public service!!!!!!!!!!

    that’s why they make profit! they are not supposed to receive tax payer money. they are a private business! states allocate tax money to public services that aren’t there to make profits. they are there to serve the public.

    wow. the stupidity here is overwhelming.

  111. buffaloviking says: May 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    Call the kettle black. The state will own the Stadium and lease to the Vikings, isnt that a money making proposition, The state will use the building for more that football, are you a politician because you are thinkin like one,

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