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."