Lawmaker: Vikes Will Leave Without Stadium Deal

By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A key state lawmaker is convinced the Vikings will leave Minnesota if there’s no stadium deal in the upcoming legislative session.

Rep. Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead) has been involved in negotiations since last year and is among a select group of lawmakers that’s continuing talks with the Vikings. He’s still convinced a deal can be reached.

“It’s still, I think, feasible and possible to get something done” he said.

But Lanning is just as convinced the Vikings will leave without an agreement.

“I think what will happen is, they would end up selling the team and the new owners would move it,” he said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO Report

The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome expires at the end of the 2011 season.

Earlier this week team Vice President Lester Bagley said the Vikings were considering four local sites for a stadium — three in Minneapolis and one in a suburban location.

WCCO-TV quotes sources with knowledge of the process as saying three of the four parcels include the Metrodome, a site west of Target Field near the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market as well as a suburban site in Arden Hills.

Bagley says the team plans to present a proposal to the state legislature within 30 to 60 days.

  • Mark from MNtaxwaste

    @dunnski57 hey, for once we agree! There is a Santa Claus

  • m. hufnagle

    the vikings have plenty enough money to pay for their own stadium. how dare they try to blackmail us by threats to move. i say “let em move” and good riddance. in these tight times there are way more important things needed in the state.

  • Scott MPLS

    I will hire the moving trucks!

  • t ev

    holding us hostage again and again and again. leave already

    • jack

      how have the Vikings helld US hiostage again and again. They are the only team to actually stay in the dome their entire lease

  • A Landman

    Good bye Vikings!!!! And good bye to any politician who votes for this taxpayers nightmare!!!

  • AT

    Fine, leave. Favre is the ONLY reason people have cared about them the past two years. He will be gone anyway and the team is a mess. I could not care less if they were gone. It is all talk anyway. They know the public doesn’t support it so they threaten to leave to get the crooked politicians to support them by saying they add so much money and jobs to the community. Just leave already. We will take the next expansion team and be just fine.

    • jack

      and how much a new stadium cost for that team? more than to keep the current one here and who will pay for it?

  • SA

    The reality is if we do not pay for it, some other city will. If they leave I just do not want minnesotans to cry for an NFL team 5 years down the road. We should learn our lessons from the North Stars, they left, won championship & after 2 years we built Xcel center & got a crappy team named WILD.

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  • Gaylord

    Jack and K. … do you actually go to the games (how many per year?) or do you watch them on TV from the comfort of your home, or local bar?

    If you want to financially support the Vikings, please, by all means do so; send them a check. But I’d sure appreciate it if you’d let me make my own decision as to whether or not I wish to contribute.

    By the way, I don’t.

    • Pally

      No one asked me whether I wanted to contribute to the Guthrie..which I have never set foor in.

      • DJM

        The Guthrie idoes not house a private business owned by one of the wealthiest people in the country.

  • lmao

    lol, viking or no viking. it don’t make any sense at all. they suck for a long time now. let them move, we will get a new team, it will be way better then these viking

  • EdW

    The State has a $6.2B deficit projection.according to a WCCO article posted today. If the State has untapped revenue sources, they should be used to balance the budget and eliminate the debt first. There simply isn’t an extra billion lying around.

  • Ed

    What people fail to realize is we will just end up with another team down the road with a new stadium anyways. The Marxist brain washing of this country leads people to believe that rich people are all bad. Well I got news for you idiots. Rich people create jobs and when their boat sinks so does ours. When the tide rises we all rise with it.. I not saying everyone with money is a good guy but I do know one thing it takes money to make money. Economically having any professionally sports team creates jobs for the state thus helping everyone. I don’t think taxes should be raised on everyone because not everyone likes sports. They should tax tickets, sports gear and open a casino. People throw their money away at a casino’s. So what the big deal is part of that go to a stadium. You wanna know why this country is so messed up because no one understands basic economics anymore.
    Wake the hell up people.

    • Give me a break

      From 2007 to 2010 the wealthiest top 1% went from owning 24% of all wealth in this nation to 34%, a 10% increase while the ecomomy tanked. I learned this on C-Span last night from the budget committee who got the info from the Commerce Department so I know the facts are correct. I don’t feel sorry for them at all. Your facts are incorrect, the rich do not create jobs, they just make more by sending our jobs overseas. But whine that you can’t tax the rich because they create jobs, your the one who doesn’t understand basic economics.

  • Andy

    The Minnesota tax payer should not pay for a new stadium (unless that new stadium will be used for events other than football as Ziggy W. has plenty of resources), but the Minnesota football fans definitely should help pay (through any Vikings merchandise, stadium food and Vikings ticket sale taxes). We cannot throw away 50 years of Minnesota Vikings history!

  • CBenny

    Good points but how will our taxes be increased by paying for a new stadium, unfortunately it is another point to be considered. I am a Vikings fan but we cannot continue to raise taxes for these statdiums, they are supposed to increase our revenue and benefit our community…I just do not see the payoff in the end so I would have to say see ya to the Vikes as well. They will not be drawing crowds anyway if they go down in flames this season.

    • Pally

      The Vikes have WAY more winning seasons than losing. One losing season does not erase all of the other years. What fickle fans we have.

  • Mr Bill

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the dawg shoulda bit ya!

  • perky

    I will help direct traffic so the trucks can get on freeways in a timely manner.

    Maybe we will have to start fresh someday – possible I guess. When we can afford it. Then start fresh with a taxpayer owned team too.

    Bye Purple

    • jack

      do you really believe the nfl is going to give you a “taxpayer owned” team

  • Wiseman

    No money for schools, BUT $$$$$ for the Vikes. Go figure!!!!

    • Rhys Becker

      We need to hold the politicians and the school board and the teachers accountable for teaching our students not more money each year from the tax payers.They need to go back to the basics of teaching reading writing arithmetic the basics so the students can graduate on learning the basics.

    • Pally

      Excuse me? I pay plenty of taxes for schools!

  • Ed

    If you adjust for inflation they are not any richer today then they were in 2007. We have the highest tax rate in the world when it comes to doing business and are one of the most regulated countries in the world. We need all that regulation right because it sure stopped all the crooks from doing their corrupt deeds. Let them fail end the bail outs let the free market work and things will get better. You wanna know why jobs are shipped out of this country thats one reason the other is NAFTA, CAFTA and every other so called free trade agreement they have told us would make us and everyone else more prosperous. I don’t know about you but the smart business man goes where he can make money not where he’ll end up out of business. Look at North Dakota the only state in the country with a surplus hum I wonder why? How many people does Target employ? If you take away all their money can they still employ people? While small business do employ most people you cant start a business without any money. Take all the money and what do you got ? A bunch of broke ass people that are worse off then before. Again before you go spouting off how you learned your economic lesson last night from the tv you should wake the hell up and read a book instead.

    • Give me a Break

      .Idiot, inflation did not increase 10% in 3 years, actually, if you read any books you would know that inflation has been pretty flat the last 3 years. The rich are taxed less now than they were before Reagan (I lernd that from a buk, duh). You obviously don’t know economics (I have a Bachelors in Economics, do you?). The Federal Reserve runs the banks (and the reserve is run by banks, not the govt, go figure) and they borrow the money you are talking about. Few rich people are involved in borrowing people money.

      • Common sense

        part of the reason this country is in such a mess is people with a bachelors in Economics, How bout back to the old days when common sense prevailed and you didn’t need a 4 year college degree to balance your own checkbook.

    • Frazzled Citizen

      Please re-check your facts. You speak of Marxist propaganda, but you are just as, if not moreso, deceived by the propaganda that the rich spew. Remember, the rich own the media, own the politicians, which means they pretty much own the government. The facts that GiveMe states are true. I just wish that people would check facts before believing the filth that the R-Party spews.
      The Owner of the Vikes is one of these people. He’s got a FORTUNE and could build the stadium himself, but why should he when he can dupe the State into building it for him? This is the kind of BS politics that makes me sick, but the Sheeple buy into the “Oh, we have to buy a stadium or else” mantra.

      Has anyone even bothered to look at the staggering amount of money that these sports teams and players make? It’s astounding… for what?

      When was the last time one of the many scientists that revolutionize our lives got that kind of money? A Nobel prize gets $1.4M Favre got paid $12M in 2008. Does this not sound even slightly screwed up to anyone?

      I think our money would be much better spent on education, so that people can learn to differentiate between what’s REALLY propaganda…

      • come on

        Then you should take a pay cut and donate it all to education.

  • Ed

    Why would you want to send your kids to a brain washing school system anyways. All they teach is socialism. Lots of good that has done our country. Just another reason we are in this mess.

  • perky

    To Jack — no sir I don’t.
    Do you really believe we/us taxpayers will give these sleezeballs a new stadium?

  • perky

    Ed – don’t send you brats to school and find out WHAt living off the system really means. You got a brain inside that skullcap??? lmao

  • Bruiser

    How many $7/hour new hires by the NFL / Wilf are posting here?? ;-)))

    At least 3 I can see but where’s the rest hiding? lol

  • Judy

    The Vikings are private owned, they can build their own building just like all other businesses have to do and pay taxes. Not try to blackmail taxpayers into paying for it. They get the money for the tickets not the taxpayers.

  • ThomasD

    No No No.
    I hate pro sports and beggar millionaire more than anything on earth.
    All you stadium lovers – pony up if it means so much. Toss another $100 on each ticket. ESPN can increase fees to cable providers too. I want the option to not be forced to pay for it though.
    Arrogance – the only word that comes to mind in pro sports. Sure there are exceptions. Not many.
    Pay and enjoy if you choose. I don’t and won’t.
    Go to Japan for all I care anymore – you have lost any support I may have extended in past.

    • wasted money

      I don’t want to pay into welfare because i think it is a huge joke, and i think schools get plenty, and why does every cop drive a fancy dodge charger cop car. this state waste money in worse ways than a stadium..

  • SportsNut

    Bye bye purple
    no more do I care

    I’ll send you a postcard
    plzz just tell me where

    capitalism is kool
    makes millionaires drool

    cuz they all know
    players don’t like snow

    so off ya go big boys
    elsewhere to but yer toys


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