Minnesota governor says Vikings move to L.A. would be a “travesty”

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The bill that would fund a new football stadium in Minnesota currently is generating little buzz and, for those who want to get the project moving, plenty of concern.

As Mike Kazsuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported, the proposal likely won’t have a single hearing in the Legislature until April 26, at the earliest.  Last year, a proposed bill was introduced late in the session, and it quickly died.

“It might be the same mistake bringing it in this late,” Rep. Mike Nelson, a co-author of the 2011 bill, said earlier this week.  “They should have put it in in the beginning of the session [January], let it sit there, let people scream and holler about it.”

Others think the delay was aimed at eventually ramming the plan through the Legislature with minimal scrutiny.  “I think time is clearly running out,” Rep. Frank Hornstein, an opponent of the plan, explained. “My concern is that there will be an effort very late to try to push it through.”

At least one fairly high-profile politician favors the bill — and realizes the consequences of failing to get it passed.   “I certainly would hate to see the Los Angeles Vikings along with the Los Angeles Lakers,” Governor Mark Dayton told Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.  “It would just be a travesty.  It’s also what makes us a big-league city.  You and I can go back to when the Metrodome was built, that was controversial.  [But] here you have had, for that public investment . . . two World Series; one Super Bowl; all the athletics, college, high school and amateur; and rollerblading, Rolling Stone concerts and monster truck matches; and all the other uses of that major downtown facility.  [It’s] been a phenomenal economic return. . . .

“[T]here’s a lot more use to this stadium than the Vikings.  There’s a lot of jobs involved, all the benefits.  It just would be very short-sighted to turn the other way.  Now we have a budget.  Yes I agree, that’s the No. 1 priority, but the Legislature is able to do more than one thing at a time, and to their credit, they do.”

The only problem is that the Legislature’s multitasking strategy could consist of working on the state budget with one hand — and giving the Governor and the Vikings the finger with the other.

That’s their prerogative, as long as they realize that failure to act now means that the Vikings will soon be residing next door to the Lakers.

56 responses to “Minnesota governor says Vikings move to L.A. would be a “travesty”

  1. I have a great idea, the players say they are partners with the owners so they might want to step up and help pay for the stadium. They have no risk of expense so jump in guys, you also Mr. Smith.

  2. You know it’s a travesty when the Governor laments the possible loss of “rollerblading”…

  3. “It might be the same mistake bringing it in this late,” Rep. Mike Nelson

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    I wondered what Mike was doing since the Satellite of Love was grounded a few years ago…..

  4. “That’s their prerogative, as long as they realize that failure to act now means that the Vikings will soon be residing next door to the Lakers.”

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    No one has more fun than me in tweaking the Queens fans about their team moving to LA.

    However, folks need to realize neither Roski nor Anschutz (the 2 competing stadium plans in LA) have moved an inch of dirt. It’s all pure PR at this point. There have been more aborted stadium deals/plans in LA over the last 15 years than one can count.

    And if I was a betting man, the favorite to land in LA is STILL the Chargers.

  5. no sooner would they get to la, then they would win a superbowl….Now that would be funny.

  6. As a Minnesota fan, the atmosphere in the Sports realm is worse than any point within my life (Vikings = Terrible 2010 season; Twins = Can’t get past Yanks + struggling early/overrated this year; T-Wolves = League laughing-stock; Wild = No playoffs/No franchise player; Gophers = Major Sports continue to struggle)

    The only way it could get worse is if the Vikings leave. And based upon the past year, I have little hope in our lawmakers doing the common-sense thing and creating a bill/funding (using Racino money) to get it done.

    I know there’s alot of you (Packer fans especially) that are taking alot of pot-shot insults toward our direction– I get the banter. But do you really want that banter to end when the Vikings depart?

  7. The travesty is that this God forsaken State has a team at all. Move them to LA or London ASAP. It’s also a travesty that the labor issues are in front of a Minnesota court. What a bunch of Canucks.

  8. There’s something about Minnesota and the state’s inability to hang on to franchises.

    It might be a travesty, but the governor and his constituents have to figure out what’s more important.

    Do they want a football franchise and the revenue and jobs that come with it, or are there more pressing needs in the state?

    They can’t have it both ways.

  9. I would hate to see the Vikings move to LA. It would be much better to see the Bengals move out there. LA doesn’t care about winning football anyway so the Bengals would fit right in.

  10. @ smarterthantheaveragebearfan:

    “However, folks need to realize neither Roski nor Anschutz (the 2 competing stadium plans in LA) have moved an inch of dirt. It’s all pure PR at this point. There have been more aborted stadium deals/plans in LA over the last 15 years than one can count.”

    Not so. AEG has a plan with no approvals.

    Roski is free to turn dirt whenever he wants to. He has a governmental, environmental, infrastructure financed, shovel ready site in his pocket.

    So while it is true that stadium plans have come and gone, Roski has all the pieces to build except for a team and he has stated he won’t build without a team.

  11. If the vikings move to L.A. they would be placed in the NFC West. The more logical move would to place the Rams in the NFC North. Which gives the Vikings a more reasonable chance at making the playoffs. The rams would be suffering the worst, moving into a division and having to face tougher and better quality opponents. Yes the Lions are on the rise, the bears get lucky every so many years,and the packers are still the packers.Rams fans have one good thing to cheer about. That is they won’t be in the worst division in football!

  12. It would be a travesty since the Jaguars will already be there. Why would L.A. need two teams?

  13. Well Dayton is an expert on the subject – the guy gave himself an “F” on his term as a Senator.

  14. recon163 says: Apr 14, 2011 9:38 AM

    @ smarterthantheaveragebearfan:

    “However, folks need to realize neither Roski nor Anschutz (the 2 competing stadium plans in LA) have moved an inch of dirt. It’s all pure PR at this point. There have been more aborted stadium deals/plans in LA over the last 15 years than one can count.”

    Not so. AEG has a plan with no approvals.

    Roski is free to turn dirt whenever he wants to. He has a governmental, environmental, infrastructure financed, shovel ready site in his pocket.

    So while it is true that stadium plans have come and gone, Roski has all the pieces to build except for a team and he has stated he won’t build without a team.

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    AEG’s “plan with no approvals” is just that. A plan. And a nice looking model. Anschutz has NEVER gone on record saying he will build it. His toadie Lieweke spins tales.

    Roski is NOT the guy the NFL wants to get into bed with. Everyone seems to know that but Ed…

  15. Before I start, I would like to point out that there shouldn’t be a “Legislative session”. They should ALWAYS be in session and ready to create and pass bills.

    Secondly, the travesty is that it has taken this long. I understand that the Arts have brought nearly $10,000 into our state in the last billion years, but please stop the liberal agenda. I want to point out that the Vikings fans that read this website are more than willing to front whatever money they can. We just have a REDICULOUS Liberal-minded population in Minneapolis that are getting there voices heard repeatedly. enough is enough

  16. itd be a travesty because then all minneapolis would have is the timberwolves, the brewers, and the mall of america, and snow. and all four of those things suck.

  17. Is anyone else getting sick of the constant updates on this?

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

    Let me know when the bill passes or when the team moves. Everything else is just plain annoying…. It’s like the buildup to the whole contraction thing with the Twins. Call it burying my head in the sand if you want, but I just don’t care to hear all the speculation and posturing. And I certainly don’t need to hear any more of the Packers fans pining for the Vikings to move and casting insults at the state as a whole…..

    You know, my kids were watching this Nickelodeon show iCarly, and it caught my attention for a bit. They were on a plane, and the pilot said “In a few minutes, we’ll be landing in Wisconsin.” The passengers give a collective groan, and the pilot says “I know”. I had to laugh…..

  18. Out of style now but whats wrong with NFL and MLB teams sharing a stadium? Too late for Minnesota now but in the down economy it makes sense to share resources, and definitely better than risking losing a team.

  19. Being a lifetime glutton for punishment (a Minnesota die hard Vikings fan) I think they’re really just waiting to see who the quarterback is going to be this year to make their decision. After all with what we’ve been through all these years………….wouldn’t you!

  20. itd be a travesty because then all minneapolis would have is the timberwolves, the brewers, and the mall of america, and snow. and all four of those things suck.

    WHAT? brewers? WHAT?

  21. Just fill the the freakin thing with water…….call it lake Metrodome…put some fish in in it…and when winter arrives charge them 75 bucks a head to drill a hole..

  22. I’m a Packers fan and I hate the Vikings. Despite my hatred of that team I would HATE to see them leave Minnesota. Great tradition, great rival and great fanbase despite the fact that they wear purple.

  23. uncommon1 says: Apr 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    Before I start, I would like to point out that there shouldn’t be a “Legislative session”. They should ALWAYS be in session and ready to create and pass bills.

    Secondly, the travesty is that it has taken this long. I understand that the Arts have brought nearly $10,000 into our state in the last billion years, but please stop the liberal agenda. I want to point out that the Vikings fans that read this website are more than willing to front whatever money they can. We just have a REDICULOUS Liberal-minded population in Minneapolis that are getting there voices heard repeatedly. enough is enough
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    Uh, one question? What liberal agenda are you talking about? Is it something that you’ve mentioned before in more detail, or have you simply watched so much Fox news that you’re conditioned to use the phrase liberal agenda in every other sentence?

  24. It’s good to actually see some Packer fans realize that a Vikings move is not good for both the teams. This is one of the best rivalries in football and it’s hard to imagine the two fan bases not constantly arguing. Vikings fans should feel the same way if a team like Green Bay were ever in danger of leaving, HYPOTHETICALLY!

  25. RE:

    farmmbig says:
    Apr 14, 2011 9:22 AM
    As a Minnesota fan, the atmosphere in the Sports realm is worse than any point within my life (Vikings = Terrible 2010 season; Twins = Can’t get past Yanks + struggling early/overrated this year; T-Wolves = League laughing-stock; Wild = No playoffs/No franchise player; Gophers = Major Sports continue to struggle)

    The only way it could get worse is if the Vikings leave. And based upon the past year, I have little hope in our lawmakers doing the common-sense thing and creating a bill/funding (using Racino money) to get it done.

    I know there’s alot of you (Packer fans especially) that are taking alot of pot-shot insults toward our direction– I get the banter. But do you really want that banter to end when the Vikings depart?
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    As an out of state Vikings fan in Bear country (had season tickets for 6 years and a 5+ hour drive), I think the state of Minnesota people deserve nothing more than the Vikings moving and killing the weekend downtown economy. Then the team going to L.A. and winning a SB would just top that off perfectly. The support up there for this franchise is awful. The most supportive Vikings fans I meet on a consistent basis in Minneapolis are from Iowa or the Dakotas… That being said I think a new stadium could turn that around like it did for the Twins and I’d really hate to see the Vikings move. Someone needs to think clearly and understand there is not going to be an NFL team in Minnesota until a new stadium is built. Do it now or ruin your legacy and beg for a team in 5-10 years and see if you get lucky. There really aren’t too many other options.

  26. With all do respect to Vikings fan, forget Minnesota. L.A. is deserving of a team, and it’s been too long since they’ve had one. Baltimore went through the same thing. Let the Vikings move.

  27. Move them to a suburb of Green Bay. They could support both teams. And, the Packer rejects that all end up on the Vikes will have less distance to travel.

  28. Hey…..One question….after the Vikes move to LA,,,,,In 5 years….they will be ready to move again, because of lack of support….Where do they now go ? Las Vegas ? [history should be a great teacher but gets little fanfare here ]

  29. @smarterthantheaveragebearfan:

    “Anschutz has NEVER gone on record saying he will build it. His toadie Lieweke spins tales.”

    Anschutz rarely comments on his own, so good luck on that one. And you have insight to what Phillip Anschutz thinks how again? How do you know Lieweke spins tales? I am curious, because Roski, he, and Phil did the Staples Center. No tale that one.

    “Roski is NOT the guy the NFL wants to get into bed with. Everyone seems to know that but Ed…”

    So you are saying the NFL wants to get in bed with AEG. But you insist their plans won’t materialize so, according to you, they won’t.

    While at the same time not wanting to get into bed with Roski who has plans and approvals?

    So in essence they are not going to do anything in LA?

    And you are who again? And you have insight into the workings of the NFL how? That is what I thought.

    If you are smarter then average Bear fan, then I shudder to think where the rest of them are like intellectually.

  30. chatham10 says: Apr 14, 2011 8:35 AM

    “I have a great idea, the players say they are partners with the owners so they might want to step up and help pay for the stadium.”

    Idiot. The players would build the stadium in LA.

  31. If the Vikings leave i will drink myself to death.Viking games gave me a schedule to drink by. Start when the game starts and stop before the next Viking pre game show.

  32. jawbone76 says:
    Apr 14, 2011 10:59 AM
    As a packers fan i would hate to the rivalry die.
    p.s. @brewdogg, if Wisco is so bad, why do all you minnesotans vacation here.
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    I didn’t say it was all bad, although I have never vacationed there….. But I did spend a couple years driving a beer truck in NW Wisc, and it really is a great area. It was the line of the show that made me laugh…. It made me think about certain people who post on here.

  33. ar1888 says:
    Apr 14, 2011 9:50 AM
    It would be a travesty since the Jaguars will already be there. Why would L.A. need two teams?

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    Hey sucker, i got two middle fingers for you talking slick about my team. Jacksonville Jaguars are here to stay in our city.

  34. “as long as they realize that failure to act now means that the Vikings will soon be residing next door to the 16x Champion Los Angeles Lakers.”

    FIXED^^

    Come to Los Angeles Vikings and we’ll make you champions as well!!!

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