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Vikings stadium bill contemplates PSLs, foreign games

Yvonne Prettner Solon AP

Governor Mark Dayton isn’t happy the the Vikings will be playing at least one home game in London.  He’s also miffed that the team is considering the use of Personal Seat Licenses to raise the team’s portion of the contribution toward a new stadium.

As Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com points out, the legislation that Dayton signed into law earlier this year permits both things.

The project refers to PSLs as “Stadium Builders Licenses,” and the legislation expressly includes amounts generated from SBLs in the team’s $477 million contribution.  Likewise, the deal permits the Vikings to play three home games outside the United States in the first 15 years of the 30-year lease, and three more in the next 15 years.

The game that will be played in London next season will be taken not from the “People’s Stadium,” but from the temporary games that will be played at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  The Vikings nevertheless agreed that the game to be played overseas next year will count toward the three games played elsewhere in the first 15 years of the lease.

The Vikings have yet to respond to our request for a statement in response to Dayton’s saber-rattling letter.  Maybe they don’t have to; the response seems to appear in the plain terms of the stadium bill.

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27 Responses to “Vikings stadium bill contemplates PSLs, foreign games”
  1. brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    I guess I’m not sure exactly what Dayton was thinking….. What is the problem here? I’m guessing he just wants to be viewed as riding on both sides of this fence when his next campaign comes around.

  2. kane337 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    Proof the lawmakers don’t read the bills they sign.

  3. 12strikes says: Nov 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    So the same tax payer who also pays their PSL or what ever they call them, is actually paying twice for the stadium.

    Stay Classy NFL and Vikings.

  4. lbpackfan says: Nov 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    Nonetheless, ripping on Packer fans for their “fake stock” and celebrating previous championships is still funny…

  5. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 2:33 PM

    Sounds like Dayton was for the stadium bill before he was against it. He fought to get this thing passed and now he wants to look like he’s for the “common man” with these disingenuous statements.

  6. gergie1957 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:38 PM

    I always said that tax (PSL) was fine. If you want the Stadium, you pay for it. No problem at all.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Nov 13, 2012 2:39 PM

    They wanted the team in their state and now they’re complaining about it why?

  8. panthers34 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:42 PM

    You can thank the Panthers for introducing PSL’s. I love my team but I just can’t be in debt to them.

  9. davikes says: Nov 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    Negotiating with someone like Dayton is like taking candy from a baby for Wilf. PSL’s were not only in the stadium bill, they were in the very first proposal from Arden Hills. Now watch Governor Goofy try and walk this one back.

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    dmvtransplant says:Nov 13, 2012 2:39 PM

    They wanted the team in their state and now they’re complaining about it why?
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    You wonder why? These are the same fans who want to run ponder out of town on a rail for the past 4 weeks, until he has one good game against a banged up defense – now he’s the greateast franchise QB ever.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Ah, I meant “average” game not “good” game. My bad.

  12. bengals69 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Evidently Gov Dayton is off his meds or was off his meds when the bill was written. Dayton has a long history of mental illness requiring medication(s).
    Also quite hypocritical is all this “People stadium” stuff. Mark Dayton is heir to the Dayton Hudson family fortune. Dayton Hudson is also known as Target. That guy is not a 1%’er. He is a .001%’er.

  13. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    Think Dayton needs to come to grips with one simple fact. The NFL stopped caring about the average fan a long time ago. That’s why most of us are smart enough to sit home and watch it on TV instead of dealing with crap like PSL’s.

  14. ijahru says: Nov 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    I think the owners who use public money for anything other than infrastructure are scumbags. I think tax dollars should go towards the roads and utilities that connect the stadium but the actual stadium itself should be financed by the NFL. They can afford it. If tax dollars are used to build a studium do the tax payers get part of the revenue generated by the stadium and if so is it equal to their share of the stadium cost?

  15. machoawesome says: Nov 13, 2012 3:14 PM

    You would think the heir to the Target fortune could have afforded an economics class. How are the Vikings supposed to pay for the stadium by not passing on the costs to the customer?

  16. mnnightowl says: Nov 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    If you read Dayton’s letter, he’s saying that the Vikings have argued that the 2013 game should not count against the 3 per 15 years limit. I’m no Dayton apologist, but he’s not saying the deal was silent on the topic, he’s saying the Vikings are trying to wiggle into 4 foreign games when they negotiated 3.

  17. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 13, 2012 3:48 PM

    How dare Wilf try to raise revenue for a company he owns! Man, you’d think Dayton would understand how business works at least a little bit, considering he inherited the fortune of his family’s hard work and smart investment.

    This is not good for Viking fans. Not only is the schedule getting brutal, but they can’t even jump off the bandwagon and become “more of a Wild fan anyway” due to hockey’s labor situation.

    I guess they’ll just have to sit around with their high school buddies and talk about how superior they are to Wisconsin. That’s really where the real excitement is anyway.

  18. mydogwantstofightvick says: Nov 13, 2012 4:06 PM

    GASP!!! A politician does one thing says another…truly shocking

  19. 97tahoe says: Nov 13, 2012 4:11 PM

    I suspect that most Vikings season ticket holders (including me) will decline to re-new once a PSL takes effect. I know that everyone I spoke to at last weekends game stated that there was no way they were going to do it. Once the Vikings realize what they already suspect, they likely will drop the whole idea.

  20. rcali says: Nov 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    If the people of Minny think this stadium isn’t being built for the rich, they need to ask the fans of other teams who built new stadiums. You can now find them on their home couch on Sundays.

  21. rgoetz2012 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:18 PM

    Why do foreign games require one of the teams to give up a home game? Why can’t the NFL allow the teams to still keep their 8 home games and the London game be considered away for both teams? The local cities who are funding the stadiums deserve to have the economic advantages of all 8 games.

  22. tdk24 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:21 PM

    Does it really matter=Myan calendar.

  23. monkeyhateclean says: Nov 13, 2012 5:01 PM

    What if the Vikes held a bake sale to raise the money instead? Would it make any difference? NO!

    The team is on the hook for their share of the stadium no matter how the money is raised, why would the Governor care how they get it?

    No one HAS to buy the PSLs, if the Vikes can’t sell them to their fans, they’ll either have to drop the idea or play in an empty stadium for 30 years.

  24. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 5:28 PM

    rgoetz2012 says:Nov 13, 2012 4:18 PM

    Why do foreign games require one of the teams to give up a home game? Why can’t the NFL allow the teams to still keep their 8 home games and the London game be considered away for both teams? The local cities who are funding the stadiums deserve to have the economic advantages of all 8 games.
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    I have an even better idea. Why don’t we make every game a home game for every team? Then everyone has the benefit of 16 home games.

  25. duluthvikesfan says: Nov 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    I was looking forward to getting season tickets in the new stadium. But the numbers I have heard being tossed around for the PSL’s is just to high. $2,000-$16,000! Really?! This is Minnesota. Not New York, Chicago or LA! Heck, at those prices you wouldn’t even sell out with the loyal fans (and long waiting list) in Green Bay! I wouldn’t mind paying a PSL if the price is realistic.

  26. briguy5 says: Nov 13, 2012 5:44 PM

    The Vikings can’t even generate interest in season tickets without the PSL; who is going to be stupid enough to put down thousands and thousands of dollars just for the RIGHT to buy tickets to see them?

  27. titogetmesometissue says: Nov 13, 2012 5:51 PM

    anthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 13, 2012 5:28 PM

    rgoetz2012 says:Nov 13, 2012 4:18 PM

    Why do foreign games require one of the teams to give up a home game? Why can’t the NFL allow the teams to still keep their 8 home games and the London game be considered away for both teams? The local cities who are funding the stadiums deserve to have the economic advantages of all 8 games.
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    I have an even better idea. Why don’t we make every game a home game for every team? Then everyone has the benefit of 16 home games.

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    Don’t be like that – we should consider ourselves to be ambassadors for our squad. When we rip on others, we just make ourselves look bad.

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