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The Vikings and the University of Minnesota have agreed to terms on per-game and per-season payments to the school while using their facilities.
The Minneapolis City Council finally completed the contentious process for a new Vikings Stadium on Friday, approving the plan for a new stadium at the current Metrodome site. The stadium will cost $975 million to build, with the city of Minneapolis chipping in $150 million and the state adding another $348 million via taxes on electronic charitable gambling games. The club will contribute $477 million towards construction costs as well.
Once completed, however, the team could rake in as much as $15 million per year in corporate naming rights, according to Charley Waiters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The new stadium is scheduled to open by 2016, with owner Zygi Wilf holding a 30-year lease. As Waiters points out, that would add up to $400 million in naming rights over the life of the lease.
The plan for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis is finally and completely approved. On Friday, the Minneapolis city council approved the $975 million plan by a 7-6 vote.
Friday's vote follows a lengthy, contentious debate in the state legislature over the plan and how much each entity involved would pay. It looked DOA when a House committee failed to pass it in April, but a last-minute lobbying trip from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell breathed new life into the effort. The legislature passed a revised plan earlier this month.
The city council vote was the only layer of approval from the city of Minneapolis. The bill signed by the governor included a provision to get around a local law requiring public vote to use revenues for sports facilities. Minneapolis will chip in $150 million toward the construction costs via an extension of taxes that would otherwise go to the convention center.
Minneapolis' total expenses for construction and operations will be around $309 million, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. All told, the ultimate bill for Minneapolis could be approximately $678 million over the life of the deal once interest is factored into the mix.
The new stadium will be built on top of the current Metrodome site. Construction is expected to begin in 2013, and wrap up in time for the team to open the new stadium in 2016.
A bill for a new Minneapolis stadium for the Minnesota Vikings passed the state legislature Thursday, after weeks of heated debate. Current estimates have the Vikings opening their new home in time for the 2016 season. On Friday, KFAN reported that the Vikings reached a deal with the University of Minnesota to play the 2015 season at TCF Bank Stadium while the new facility is built.
Terms of the deal call for the Vikings to pay the University for any changes required during the NFL team's stay. The team will also pay a $250,000 fee for each game played at TCF Bank Stadium and a split in concessions, advertising and sponsorship during that time, which could total around $3 million.
The team will play its games in the Metrodome through 2014. Construction is expected to begin next year.
Hopes for the new facility are already high. Team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf told ESPN on Friday afternoon that they hope to bid for the 2017 Super Bowl. The Wilfs also told KFAN they plan to explore a retractable roof for the stadium. Estimates put such a feature in the neighborhood of $40 million, which would be funded by the Vikings under the terms of the stadium bill.
The Minneapolis City Council still has to approve the deal. They are expected to vote May 25. Mayor R.T. Rybak told the Star Tribune that he expects the measure to pass.
Barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Minnesota Vikings will have a new stadium in Minneapolis. The state Senate approved a final version of the Vikings stadium bill on Thursday afternoon by a 36-30 vote, as reported by Patrick Kessler of WCCO and others on the scene. Senate approval completes the bill's contentious journey through the state legislature. Gov. Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council still have to approve the bill, but those steps are considered formalities at this point.
The final bill calls for public contributions totaling $498 million toward the total cost of $975 million. The city of Minneapolis will pay $150 million of that total with another $348 million coming from state revenues collected on gaming. The Vikings, and the NFL G4 stadium loan program, will contribute a total of $477 million.
Initially, the compromised plan supported by Gov. Dayton and the Vikings, along with leaders from both parties, called for a team contribution of $427 million. The House amended the original bill in a Monday night vote to shift another $105 million in costs the Vikings, something the team called "unworkable." A Senate version of the bill passed after the House vote called for an additional $25 million from the Vikings.
On Wednesday night a conference committee comprised of three members of each chamber met to reconcile the two bills into a workable deal that would garner enough support to pass both the House and Senate as well as pass muster with the Vikings.
The Vikings gave their approval to the new bill overnight, and the House approved the measure before sunrise on Thursday.
Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill Thursday.
On Wednesday night, a conference committee of six members from the Minnesota House and Senate merged stadium bills passed by each chamber into a modified bill for final approval. Late Wednesday night, the Minnesota Vikings signed off on the new bill that increases the team's share of the cost by $50 million. After overnight approval by the Vikings and the Minnesota House, the bill goes to the Senate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, the House passed a version of the bill shifting $105 million of the state's contribution to the Vikings. The team called that bill "unworkable." Lester Bagley, the team's vice president, also expressed concern over the Senate version of the bill, which shifted $25 million in costs. In the end, adding more costs to the Vikings' share of the bill appeared to be the only way to secure passage.
The bill still has several more hurdles to clear, though passage is likely. The Senate started debate over the final bill at 10 a.m. Eastern. No additional amendments can be attached to the bill produced by the conference committee. A Senate vote is expected within a few hours from the start of its debate.
If the bill passes the Senate, its next stop is Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. The Minneapolis City Council would then have to approve it, but the council has expressed support for the plan in the past.
Minnesota legislators will vote one more time on a compromise version of the Vikings stadium bill. Following passage of stadium bills in both the House and Senate, a conference committee made up of three members from each chamber met through Wednesday night and sewed the two versions together into yet another iteration of the bill. This version calls for a $50 million increase in the Vikings' share of the costs.
The House bill called for an increase of $105 million in the Vikings' share of the downtown Minneapolis stadium. Senators passed a version that upped it by just $25 million. The new bill sets the contribution from the Vikings at $477 million. According to the Star Tribune, the team has yet to respond to the new version of the bill but expressed reservations about the increase over the initial compromise that put their share of the cost at $427 million.
The bill was scheduled to go back to the House for a vote on Wednesday night. The Senate will take it up on Thursday before adjourning the 2012 legislative session.
Other changes made by the conference committee include the use of user fees on luxury seats and a new lottery game that would be used only if the revenue from bingo and pull-tabs gaming proves insufficient.
The Minnesota Senate followed its House counterparts and passed a version of the Vikings stadium bill late Tuesday night. After 11 hours of debate and some notable changes to the original bill, the Senate approved the measure with 38-28.
One amendment added to the final bill would reduce the state's contribution by $25 million, shifting that to the Vikings. That differs sharply from the bill passed by the House on Monday, which upped the Vikings' share by $105 million. A team spokesperson called the House bill "unworkable."
A Vikings spokesperson, VP Lester Bagley, reiterated the team's opposition to changing the shape of which entity pays what amount.
"We stand with the term sheet, which was negotiated in good faith, over a period of months. It has us in for $427 million upfront and $13 million a year," Bagley told reporters.
Sen. Julie Rosen, the bill's leading proponent in the Senate, said that she believed the Vikings would have to up their share of the costs by at least the $25 million included in the Senate bill.
Other amendments were tacked on in the Senate. One amendment removed a provision that would have allowed team owner Zygi Wilf exclusive rights to bring a Major League Soccer team to Minnesota. Another provision creates a mandatory sales tax on purchases made from Internet retailers, such as Amazon. The bill also included an amendment for the state to retain naming rights of the plaza around the stadium and another one giving tax breaks for expansion at the Mall of America.
Another amendment approved by the Senate says that games played at the stadium cannot be blacked out locally.
Two controversial amendments were passed by the Senate and later rescinded. One would have forced a referendum on the stadium in the city of Minneapolis, something the initial compromise bill sought to avoid. An amendment establishing hefty user fees at the stadium, ranging from tickets to concessions, was approved and later pulled from the bill.
Some user fees did finally make it into the bill -- a 10 percent fee for the sale of luxury suites and a 10 percent fee on parking. The team opposes any user fees in the bill.
Next, the bill moves to a conference committee of House and Senate members that will reconcile the two versions of the bill before sending a final version back to each chamber for approval. Three members from each chamber, all supporters of the stadium bill, will make up the conference committee. If the bill passes again, it would go Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature.
The Minnesota Senate passed an amendment to the Vikings stadium bill that would reduce the state's financial contribution by $25 million, according to Tom Hauser of Twin Cities television station KSTP. That change would lower the amount that the state would put toward the stadium project from $398 million in the original plan to $373 million.
That change represents the first stage of a compromise with a version of the bill passed by the state House on Monday night that would increase the Vikings' cost by $105 million. Representatives from the Vikings called the House version of the plan "unworkable."
The breakdown in contributions for a new stadium to be built on the current Metrodome site could go through further compromise in a conference committee comprised of House and Senate members. First, the Senate will have to approve a bill. On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate was still debating and voting on some 50 amendments to the stadium bill. A final vote may not happen until later on Tuesday evening.
Senators have also spent a considerable amount of time debating the source of the state's contribution. The original plan called for the introduction of new gaming revenues. An amendment to move funding to user fees went to the floor after the amendment reducing the state contribution. User fees are opposed by the Vikings.
On Monday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill to partially subsidize a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on the current Metrodome site. The 73-to-58 vote marked a major milestone in a long, often heated battle to get a stadium deal done. However, the House bill included one significant change that does not sit well with the Vikings.
An amendment approved by the House lowered the state contribution from $398 million to $293 million and upped the Vikings' share of the stadium by $105 million.
Lester Bagley, Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, told the press that the plan passed by the House does not pass muster with the team.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"That particular amendment is not workable," Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said. "[But] I don't want to take away from the moment."
Bagley expanded in a Tuesday morning appearance on KFAN radio:
"We made it very clear that [this amendment] violates a negotiated agreement...that particular provision is unworkable."
The plan originally taken up by the House on Monday was a compromise shepherded by Gov. Mark Dayton along with elected officials from both parties, organized labor, business interests, the Vikings and the NFL.
Minnesota's Senate takes up the bill on Tuesday, and that bill could take on a different look from the original, as well as the one passed by the House. If the Senate approves a stadium bill, it would then be subject to further negotiations in conference committee and subsequent votes before landing on the Governor's desk for a signature.
The Minnesota House passed a slightly altered version of a compromise plan to fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Hours of debate preceded a 73-58 vote in favor of the plan for a new facility to be built on top of the current Metrodome location, with rough costs covered by Minnesota and Minneapolis taxpayers.
The Minnesota Senate will take up the bill Tuesday morning, with the intention of voting on it by the end of the day. After that, the bill would make the usual stops on its way to becoming law, conference committee and eventually the Governor's desk. However, the version passed by the House Monday night contains a provision that could pose a problem outside the capitol building, with the Vikings and the NFL.
House members pitched a variety of amendments to attach to the bill, amendments not unexpected given the usual partisan fault lines touched by the stadium bill. An amendment upping the Vikings' share by $105 million will require further wrangling among lawmakers.
The NFL expressed displeasure at the cost-shifting amendment in the bill. League vice president of venture and business operations, Eric Grubman, warned legislators about the recalculated financial plan in their bill.
Via the Pioneer Press:
"After months of negotiation and compromise and the building of a legislative coalition, albeit a fragile one, any meaningful change of the bill drastically changes the probability of success. You can't change the deal at the last minute."
If the Senate passes a version of the bill on Tuesday, it would go to conference committee for another round of negotiations. Additional votes could follow before it lands on Gov. Dayton's desk. The plan would surely have to change if the Vikings and the league will agree to it.
Hours of contentious debate inside the House chambers was followed closely by a gallery full of spectators and a boisterous crowd of supporters in the hallways, a crowd that seemed far more modest in a tailgating event under the clear blue skies outside the capitol.
Fans, labor unions and other supporters of the bill gathered as part of a no holds barred lobbying effort, one that included fan favorites Jared Allen and Christian Ponder. Over the weekend, supporters conducted phone banks encouraging citizens to contact their representatives in an effort usually seen reserved for more traditional partisan issues.
The other fundamentals of the bill stayed the same. Expanded gambling revenues would still pay for the state's share of the costs in the bill passed by the House, despite attempts to change that.
Gov. Dayton's tone changed from ominous to optimistic, cautiously optimistic, following the House vote. In a brief set of remarks, the Governor pointed to the results as substantiation of public support while noting the hurdles left to cross, according to reports from the scene.
Supporters of a bill for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium project, including Gov. Mark Dayton, spent the weekend engaged in a furious round of fourth quarter lobbying to save the plan and possibly the team's future in the state. The Minnesota House will vote on a $1 billion compromise plan, of which the state will pay roughly $400 million through gaming revenues.
Gov. Dayton and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season, held a rally at the Mall of America on Saturday urging supporters to press their legislators to support the bill. On Monday, Vikings fans and others supporting the bill, including the state's labor unions and representatives of the business community, will rally on the capitol lawn. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder will be on hand for that event.
Right now, Gov. Dayton believes the bill to be a few votes shy of passage, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That should make for one of the most watched floor debates in this year's legislative session, as supporters and opponents twist and turn to sway a handful of voters on the fence.
Behind the scenes, an unusual alliance of business and labor leaders have taken on a more direct lobbying effort. The Governor has also met with legislative leaders to press their support.
Complicating matters is a Republican tax bill that Gov. Dayton vetoed Friday. The tax bill could return, in some form, as part of a compromise to bring in Republican votes for the stadium bill which is the Governor's top priority for the end of this legislative session.
If the bill passes a House vote on Monday, it would then go the Senate for approval before landing on Gov. Dayton's desk for a signature.
The Vikings' lease on the Metrodome lapsed at the end of last season. The team will play there again in 2012, but is under no obligation to stay beyond that.
The Minnesota State House will vote on a bill to fund a new stadium project for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, according to reports out of the capitol on Thursday. The outcome of that vote, along with a vote in the Senate, will go a long way toward determining the fate of the Vikings and where they will play football beyond 2012.
Representative will be voting on the original stadium bill negotiated by Gov. Mark Dayton. That bill calls for state contributions of approximately $400 million from the introduction of new gaming revenue sources. Another $150 million will come from Minneapolis sales tax revenue.
Earlier in the week, Republican legislators floated a lower-cost plan for the stadium that left off the roof and used state bonds to pay for the state's share of the cost. Controversy ensued, mostly along party lines. The Vikings and the Governor refused to consider a plan without a roof, since that would limit the facility's usage. Republicans continued to press for a plan to borrow money via bonds, with a roof added back in, as late as Wednesday afternoon.
House Speaker Kurt Zellars warned that the stadium plan does not have the votes to pass the House, according to Jeff Goldberg of Fox 9 news. Senate Majority Leader David Senjem also wondered whether or not the plan had enough support to pass his chamber.
In the House, members of the state's Democratic Farm Labor party said that they would provide half the votes needed to pass the bill. The project has the support of Minnesota's labor unions. Whether or not the plan can pass, will depend on Republican votes in both chambers. Zellars left open the possibility of further negotiations with the Governor and the DFL party. A tax bill and a state bonding bill are also on the table for a vote as the legislature looks to wind down its 2012 session, allowing members to switch into campaign mode.
The NFL has been heavily involved in the process. Commissioner Roger Goodell and stadium committee chairman Art Rooney flew to Minnesota on April 19 after a House committee rejected the plan. Last Thursday, in the hours leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, Goodell expressed optimism over the stadium's prospects. He also acknowledged that the league did not, at the time, have a plan should the stadium vote fail.
Efforts to pass a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan took an unexpected turn on Tuesday. A group of Republican legislators floated a new proposal that would remove the roof in the current stadium plan, reducing the cost and allowing the state to change the source of its financial contribution, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The new proposal reduced the cost by taking off the roof, leaving the stadium "roof-ready" for a future addition. To pay for the reduced contribution, the new proposal folds it into a larger bonding bill being debated in the legislature. Under the original proposal, the state contribution came from new gaming revenues.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was critical of the idea when speaking to the press on Tuesday afternoon. Dayton criticized the plan, calling it a "gimmick."
State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said that a stadium must have a roof on it, but indicated a willingness to listen to details on a new funding plan in an effort to strike a deal on the stadium. Rosen sponsored the original stadium bill in the Minnesota Senate.
A second tempest circled as accusations flew about the Vikings being involved in secret negotiations around the "roof-ready" plan. The team denied that and revealed that they had been asked in the last day by Republican House Majority Leader Matt Dean for information and feedback about the plan. According to Tom Hauser of KSTP in the Twin Cities, Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said that the team does not support changing the stadium concept laid out in the original bill.
Dayton took a stand against leaving off the roof because it eliminates the possibilities for year-round usage, including the potential to host a future Super Bowl. The governor has rallied support for the stadium bill, in part, by selling it as an engine of economic growth.
Paying for the stadium out of the bonding bill could be more palatable for getting a stadium plan passed. Republicans in the state legislature are reluctant to create new revenue streams to help pay for the stadium. The bonding plan also eliminated the need to expanded gambling in the state, which appeals across the isle.
Republican leaders emphasized in a Tuesday afternoon press conference that their new plan has broad support among members of their party in both the Minnesota House and Senate, according to Jeff Goldberg of Fox 9.
In reality it looks like the stadium bill is being used as a bargaining chip. The legislature extended its session on Monday with three major issues still on the table: the stadium plan, the bonding bill and a tax bill.
The Governor has voiced opposition to the Republican tax plan, which pay for some $200 million in tax breaks, including a freeze on business property taxes, by using money in the state's reserve fund. Republicans control both the House and Senate. Gov. Dayton has opposed the tax bill on the basis that it raises the deficit.
The bonding bill would borrow money, by issuing bonds, to pay for infrastructure, public works and other projects with an eye toward economic stimulus. Gov. Dayton and members of his DFL party have pressed for a larger bonding bill.
The state legislature can continue its current session through May 21, though all sides have stated a preference for wrapping up sooner. 2012 is an election year.
The Minnesota Vikings stadium bill suffered a loss of momentum on Thursday when the state Senate Taxes Committee postponed an expected vote on a bill to fund the Minneapolis stadium project. That holdup is also delaying a vote in the House. NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell told SB Nation and others on Thursday afternoon that he still expected the bill to get a vote.
At issue are demands from lawmakers to fund the state's portion of the project through a tax on fans and the team. The current plan calls for expanded gambling revenues to be used for the state's contribution of more than $400 million.
Prior to meeting with SB Nation bloggers on Thursday, Goodell was on the phone with Gov. Mark Dayton. Goodell traveled to Minnesota for a meeting with lawmakers on April 20, urging them to pass the bill before the legislative session ends in May.
Asked Thursday what the league's plans were if the Vikings stadium bill does not pass during the 2012 legislative session, Goodell said, "We don't deal with hypotheticals."
Roger Goodell's last-minute lobbying trip to Minnesota paid some immediate dividends on Friday night, less than 12 hours after the NFL commissioner's meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. A version of the Vikings stadium bill was approved by the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee with a narrow 8-6 vote.
The bill now moves onto the Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, one of several hurdles it will have to clear before the end of the legislative session scheduled for May 21.
A small step, it gives stadium supporters a win. The plan looked shelved, at least for the 2012 legislative session, after a House committee voted down a version of it Monday. That sent the Vikings and the NFL scurrying. Goodell convened Friday's meeting in an effort to salvage the bill's chances this year, while the Vikings still have a Metrodome home.
No solution will leave Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and the league looking for other alternatives, including the possibility of selling the team or relocating.
Minnesota political leaders vowed to give a compromise plan for a $1 billion stadium one more shot before the end of the legislative session. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flew to the Minneapolis Friday morning for a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded the stadium bill, and legislative leaders from both parties. Goodell was joined by Steelers owner and stadium committee chair Art Rooney.
At press conference laced with football analogies following the meeting, all sides acknowledged the importance of the stadium issue and the dire possibilities of not settling the matter this year.
Asked about getting a vote on the stadium bill to the House floor, Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said, "we'll have an answer on that in the next couple days."
"I believe they served us a reality check," said Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont. Rosen said that she expects the bill to go to the Senate floor for a vote before the end of the session.
Senate Minority Leader Tomm Bakk maintained the urgency of the project, telling the press "I would like a decision on the issue this year." Bakk also said that his party had decided to do "heavier lifting" in order to get the bill moving again.
Goodell echoed sentiments from the Governor and others, calling the meeting "productive."
This was the first time that the Governor and legislative leaders were all in the same room to discuss the bill.
Details of the discussion were few and far between, and neither side Goodell and others stressed that no threats were made, but the realities of the situation were discussed, including an open and waiting market in Los Angeles.
"There was no ultimatum, but we did clearly talk about Los Angeles -- that it is an open market," Senator Rosen said. "And I do believe there is some feeling among some legislators that the Vikings would never leave. So it was good to hear from the NFL that they do have the right to move or (sell the team)."
The end of the Minnesota 2012 legislative session is scheduled to end on May 21, 2012.
"If we all work together, it will pass," Gov. Dayton said in a matter of fact tone. "If we don't work together, it will fail."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney are headed to Minnesota to do some lobbying. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton revealed that Goodell and Rooney will travel to the state to meet face-to-face with the state's political leaders on Friday in an effort to salvage a stadium bill before the end of the current legislative session, according to the Associated Press.
Goodell's trip underscores comments made Wednesday about the league's concern with the Vikings stadium situation. The commissioner warned of "serious consequences" if the issue were postponed a year. A league spokesman spoke directly to issue on the team's long-term viability in the state if the issue was not resolved, even holding out the possibility of the Wilfs selling the team or relocating.
"If it isn't passed this session, the league itself -- beyond the Vikings -- the league itself has serious concerns about the viability of the franchise here and the future of it here," Dayton said following a phone call with Goodell.
The Minnesota House voted down Dayton's compromise stadium plan on Monday night by a 9-6 vote. That plan called for state gaming taxes to kick in nearly $400 million and another $150 million coming from Minneapolis sales tax revenue, along with $427 million from the Vikings and the NFL. The bill bypassed a requirement for public approval for public expenditures on sports facilities in excess of $10 million.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the Minnesota Vikings stadium situation on Wednesday. In a phone call with Gov. Mark Dayton, the commissioner upped the stakes in the legislative battle to subsidize construction of a proposed $1 billion Minneapolis home for the Vikings.
According to the Pioneer Press, Goodell said that their would be "serious consequences" if the current legislative session ended if the bill directing state and local tax dollars to pay for roughly half of the project were not passed.
"I don't know if that means a sale. I don't know if that means a move. You have a very dejected ownership," Eric Grubman, NFL executive vice president of finance and strategic transactions, said.
Grubman one-upped that statement by bringing up the specter of owner Zygi Wilf listening to interested buyers.
"There are plenty of willing buyers. I think the Wilfs do not want to sell the franchise, but I think there is a point where they probably would be open-minded. I would not be surprised if [Goodell] tells the governor, if he asks, what other cities are interested."
On Monday, the Minnesota House rejected Gov. Dayton's compromise plan for a stadium project. That bill would have directed almost $400 million in state-wide gaming taxes and $150 million from Minneapolis sales taxes toward the project. The Vikings and the NFL would have kicked in $427 million.
That plan would have bypassed a requirement for a public vote to approve the use of more than $10 million of state tax revenue for sports facilities.
The whole thing is playing out against the backdrop of two competing stadium projects in Los Angeles. One project in the suburbs, Ed Roski's Grand Crossing, has completed an environmental impact study, but would require a team to self-finance the construction of a new stadium. Entertainment company AEG is moving quickly on a downtown stadium project, Farmers Field, and looking to purchase part of a team to relocate. Both projects have their own list of complications, but are likely to loom large in the discussion of what to do in Minnesota.
In order for a team to move, it requires approval of NFL owners. Grubman also said in the interview that the situation in Minnesota is likely be viewed by the league as a "stalemate," which would open the door for relocation.
The issue has received more discussion since Monday's vote, a potential sign that it could be revisited before the end of the legislative session. Gov. Dayton mentioned the possibility of a special session after November's elections, where he might find a legislature more willing to compromise.
The Vikings will play the 2012 season in the Metrodome, without a long-term lease. They are free to leave the facility at any time after the season.
A compromise plan to subsidize a $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium project was dealt a serious blow on Monday.
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