Vikings express disappointment over Dayton letter


Minnesota governor Mark Dayton sent a nasty letter to the Vikings on Tuesday regarding the team’s intended use of PSLs to partially finance the team’s $477 million contribution toward a new stadium.  The Vikings have responded with a tactful, yet pointed, public statement.

“The Minnesota Vikings greatly appreciate Governor Mark Dayton’s support for the new multi-purpose stadium for the Vikings and the State of Minnesota.  However, we are disappointed by his recent letter to the team, which does not recognize a key component of the stadium agreement struck by the Vikings, State and Local leaders this past spring,” the team says.

“The stadium bill, and the prior term sheet, that was negotiated with the Vikings over the last two legislative sessions by the Governor’s own representatives and legislative leaders, includes provisions that expressly authorize the sale of stadium builder’s licenses and include the proceeds of any sale in the project budget.  Stadium builder’s licenses were vetted by the Legislature, testified to by Vikings and State of Minnesota negotiators, and most importantly, specifically reflected in the stadium legislation that was passed and signed by the Governor.

“The Vikings look forward to discussing this issue and moving forward with the agreement that was completed after many long years of effort.”

The statement doesn’t mention Dayton’s complaints about games being played overseas.  As Tom Pelissero of explained earlier in the day, the stadium bill allows the Vikings to play three home games outside the U.S. in the first 15 years of the 30-year stadium lease, and three home games outside the U.S. in the second 15 years.

Bottom line?  The Vikings have politely told Dayton to shut up and read the paperwork.

22 responses to “Vikings express disappointment over Dayton letter

  1. Seems like a perfect fit for minny. Zygi walks away with hundreds of millions of dollars (that you can’t wait to give him) just for the rights to watch your team not win the Super Bowl.

  2. The paperwork and wording of the legislation was never the point — this is all about public relations. Governor Dayton is milking an issue that makes him look good, while the Vikings are tiptoeing around the same issue without looking too greedy. The Vikings can’t win on this one, as is evident by their sucking up in the press release attempting to cover their already exposed posterior.

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says:Nov 13, 2012 5:46 PM


    No team deserves not winning the Super Bowl more than you’res
    youre the reason packer fans are looked down upon on this site.

  4. you can’t agree with something one day, then bitch about it the next. Dayton needs to shut up. if it was agreed to in the bill, then he has no base for argument.

  5. Mr Dayton its shocking that you won’t let us screw the taxpayer on both the front and back ends of the deal.

  6. nurnay says:
    Nov 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    Vikings fans can send a strong message by not buying season tickets.

    They’ve been sending that message for years.

  7. @contra

    I’m sure you’ll be there cheering on Cargill as they snatch up grandma Gertrude’s 50 yard line seats that she’s kept in honor of her late husbands and gives to her grand kids but had to give up because she can’t afford the $20K inPSLs.

  8. The Vikings already have the lowest ticket prices in the NFL, their fans can easily afford seat licenses just like the other 31 teams who all sell out every home game no problem. Viking fans are your definition of the word cheap.

  9. PFT nation is well familiar with the Packer Trolls on this board.

    What many may not be familiar with is how many cow town types move the Mpls for work & troll from their cubes. Many claim “that the Bears are our real rivals” but nothing gets them more emotional than an anti Vikings rant. It seems that it is often rooted in Big City p*nis envy and the desperate fact that they have to move to Vikings country in order to survive.

    This is why many openly root for the Vikings to leave Mpls. They are like radical Muslims living in London……GO HOME CHEESE-HEADS! THIS IS NOT YOUR LAND!

  10. @pack13queens0

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of your boasting…

    The Packers ranked 18th in attendance percentage at home games last year with 96.7%, despite a near perfect (regular) season.

    The Vikings – on a dismal 3 – 13 run – ranked 14th in the NFL with 98% of capacity.

    At least MN is ABOVE average…

  11. While I dislike the notion of PSLs & despise the philosophical notion of tax-funded stadiums, Gov Dayton made the agreement.

    He is trying to score brownie points with the common man & probably feels strengthened by the results of the recent election.

  12. pack13queens0 says:Nov 13, 2012 8:22 PM

    The Vikings already have the lowest ticket prices in the NFL, their fans can easily afford seat licenses just like the other 31 teams who all sell out every home game no problem. Viking fans are your definition of the word cheap


    Typical dilusional packers fan who is having fantasies of his mom and sister wearing a little red riding hood costume, and doing things to them that would get people in NORMAL states put in jail… I think he forgot about a few teams… Tampa bay, and Jacksonville, who have alot of trouble selling out!

  13. Stop all the Packer hate, there are stupid fans from every team. I supported the new stadium as I live in MN, and listed to Dayton trumpet the bill as if we had just won some sort of war. For him to turn around and attack the provisions that have his signature underneath it is disgusting, and I am glad PFT and other outlets (I heard the same thing on 1500 AM) are calling him out on it, and making him look like a dummy.

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