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Vikings' Stadium Plan Rejected By Minnesota Legislative Panel
Published April 17, 2012
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ARE YOU THREATENING ME? ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert writes, "It's time for the Minnesota Vikings to recognize that their admirable but toothless stadium strategy has failed." It is time to "end the exclusivity they have given the state of Minnesota on this issue." There is "no more reason to tiptoe around skittish state leaders who root for the Vikings but won't commit public money to maintain their long-term presence." Bagley and Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf have "tried to work within the system," but it is "now time for Wilf to acknowledge in a public way that Minnesota state leaders might not be willing to support any part of the financing" of the $975M stadium. Seifert: "I truly don't think the Vikings, the Wilf family or the NFL want to move the franchise. But state leaders felt little urgency after the Vikings allowed the NFL's Feb. 15 deadline for relocation applications to pass." Seifert adds the team has "avoided the threat of relocation ... but I'll be fascinated to see if the Vikings find a way to avoid it now" (ESPN.com, 4/17). ESPN’s John Clayton said, “As much as the Wilf’s want to stay in the state of Minnesota -- that’s their main goal -- they’re running out of options. They’re not making a lot of money in the stadium … and if they keep on getting no’s, then at some point here reasonably soon -- maybe not this year, but in the next couple of years -- they’re going to say yes to L.A.” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 4/17).