The Vikings have clearly mixed feelings in the wake of Monday night’s passage of a long-awaited stadium bill. The good news: The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the vote by a tally of 73-58 (which could look like the typical final score of an NFL game by the time the venue is opened). The bad news: The House increased the Vikings’ proposed share by $105 million, from $427 million to $532 million.
“That particular amendment is not workable,” Vikings V.P. of stadium wrangling Lester Bagley said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “[But] I don’t want to take away from the moment.”
As the Star Tribune points out, Bagley didn’t say the deal won’t work with the Vikings and the league paying an extra $105 million. The hope could be that the number is reduced via additional negotiations.
Let’s also not rule out the possibility that the Vikings and the NFL previously envisioned that, at some point, the House and/or the Senate would push the team’s proposed contribution even higher in order to pass the bill. Thus, the team and the league possibly held back money in the event that this may happen.
Either way, the bill now moves on to the Senate on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. CT, under a version of the proposal that still requires the Vikings and the NFL to pay $427 million. If the Senate passes the bill without amendment, the two versions would have to be reconciled, possibly with the difference being split and the team and the league kicking in an extra $57.5 million.