Reality Check: When Vikings Can Notify NFL Of Departure

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings stadium issue is a game of time clocks, countdowns and deadlines. One date is quietly coming up that lawmakers are starting to watch: The date the Vikings can notify the NFL they’re leaving.

The Vikings’ last game of the 2011 season was also the last game on their Metrodome lease. Now, the Vikes are the only NFL franchise without one.

It’s TRUE.

The Vikings said they won’t sign another lease until the legislature votes on taxpayer funding for a new stadium — preferably in Arden Hills. That’s why Gov. Mark Dayton set Thursday as a deadline for all stadium plans to be on his desk.


If the legislature does NOT act, or votes NO, or a stadium bill stalls, the Vikings can legally notify the NFL of its intention to move.

Here’s what you NEED TO KNOW:

It’s all in the NFL Constitution. If a team declares a stadium stalemate, it can legally move.

The bylaws of the NFL require the team to tell the league no later than Feb. 15. And 24 of 32 NFL owners must vote yes.

Even if the Vikings decided to move, however, it is highly unlikely there could be a mechanism in place for relocation any time soon, and the Vikings won’t discuss it.

A representative for the team said Monday that the team is “focused on reaching a resolution in Minnesota.”

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  • Jason

    More and more scare tactics. Everyone knows that the viking can leave they remind us whenever they can. Ziggy put up your own money or leave. Or wait only if another 24 teams say so. Stop with the B.S. put up of shut up.

    • What?

      The Vikings Played in Minnesota? When?

  • Rocky

    So, what if the 32 nfl owners vote NO….than what? and if zigy did manage to sell the team to someone, that person would have to have a stadium in place allready…..right?? hightly unlikely……and the game continues……

    • v

      THAN what?
      What school district gave you a diploma?

  • Alice

    It’s “legal” for them to move? If they move, they are not going to get arrested and go to jail. My goodness what a stupid story.

    If you are sick of the stupidity and corruption, contact your representative and tell them, email, phone, fax, it’s all good:

    • You Think?

      Welcome to the world of Pat Kessler, It’s not a stupid story. We just aren’t as smart as Pat Kessler. Just ask him, he will tell you how smart he is.

  • Get out of MN

    Nobody needs to wait. I’ll make the decision and the announcement – for free even!

    The Vikings are hereby encouraged to move. Get the “H” out of Minnesota, we don’t need you and don’t want you.

    That or get a brain and finance your own business – YOURSELVES!

    I pay my way, you can pay yours. Plus, you’ve got a lot more money than I do so part with some of it.

  • v

    Who’s WE?
    Speak for yourself…. You only pay the way you’re aware of.

    • Say what?

      Ah, excuse me? Do YOU even HAVE a diploma? Or didn’t you learn English here in the USA?

  • Richard

    Let them go so we can have a good reason to raise taxes for the lost revenue !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark

    Let’s close some more schools, and have the roads fall apart some more…….. But lets tax the people to pay for a stadium that really has no benefit. I live in eden prairie, and i see what the players drive….I am sure if they sold their fleet of bentlys they could pay for the stadium. Well didn’t the owner of the vikings just buy a 19mil apt in NY???? If this gets passed,the government is def corrupt.

    • Andy

      While I agree with a lot of what you say the Vikings are vital to our state. If they left their impact would be felt immediately and it would really hurt us. And yes, our government is corrupt already and yes Zygi is sick for buying that apartment and not putting down more money for the stadium.

    • richard

      You think the at present time our government is not corrupt ?????

  • Gmoney

    I agree Richard, I am a die hard vikings fan and if in the last 50 years the Vikings didn’t generate the state money then they should let them go, but like the Lakers,North Stars they saw what they lost and did all they could to build a new stadium.

  • DougT

    The Vikings might leave MN?? Oh the horror…the horror….

    Really – who cares. we have a lot bigger problems to worry about than a silly little entertainment team. They are not the minneosta vikings – they are Ziggys “vikings” team and he can do with his investment whatever he wants – when ever he wants.

    Now if he and the NFL want to sell us a piece of the action (public ownership!) I would be willing to work something out – otherwise they can take a walk.

    (and maybe take The Dusty Outdated Old School Marm Garrison K with them. I find his rantings to be getting a bit tired and annoying.

    It can be a new day in minnesota – once we toss out all of all the old foolish self delusional propaganda and face reality.




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  • Andrew O

    The tax revenue from a new stadium will exceed the outlay by the state of Minnesota long before any lease they sign is up. This is a win win for everyone.

    • Alice

      You are lying.

      There are no economic benefits to taxpayer subsidized stadiums.


      This is lose-lose for the taxpayers.

      • Annoying Alice

        Zip it

      • CJ

        I can’t believe you just cited LOL. Yes, we are all aware of the world famous economic analysis think tank and home of “Hello, My name is Andy, Ph.D. supervisor, Welcome to My WebSite, Enjoy the Paper, Enjoy the Free!” You do realize this site is registered to some guy in China don’t you?

        The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries, Inc., the second largest privately held company by revenue in the United States.

        The folks at the Cato Institute not only oppose public money being used for ANYTHING, they most likely oppose government because it has the power to obstruct corporations.

        Seriously, do a little research on your sources before you share them.

    • That\'s Why I Watch The Queens

      Because of the tax revenue.

  • LA Boy

    We are waiting….. come over please. We will have a brand new stadium for you.

    The fair weather Vikes fans can then wait about 10 years or so before they get another franchise – Hey… remember the North Stars and the Lakers, MN “fans”

    West Coast Represent, Boyyyyyyie

    • Andy

      You think we’re fair weather fans? Remember the Rams and the Raiders? LA *fans*?

      Keep your stupidity and ignorance away from our state, and learn about the real reasons the Lakers and North Stars left.

  • SP

    I personally will not agree to using my money to pay for the stadium at this time. The Vikings had an awful season. I think the team and the owners should front the money themselves with an agreement from the state to do some type of tax funded reimbursement each year they at least make it into the play offs. That might just get them to have decent season!

  • NO TAX MONEY !!!


  • And this is the way it is

    I think Zygi, his bagman Bagley, and the players in general have worn out their welcome in Minnesota.

    We’re into the 10th year of the begging, the demanding, the veiled threats, the intimidation, and the “grooming” (I’m using the polite word for it) of politicians, commissioners, and others to “see things Zygi’s way.”

    It might “play” better with the people of Minnesota if Zygi and his band of thugs had delivered SOMETHING to us – but they have not. The Vikings have a solid 51 year history of skimming cash from Minnesota and giving us virtually nothing for it.

    It’s high time for the Vikings to either pay their own way or start fresh somewhere other than in Minnesota.

  • YoMaMJ

    Pat Kessler — do a story on the true revenue loss to the State of MN.

  • Etan

    The Vikings have been a tradition in the state of MN since before most of you people were even born. They are far more than just a form of entertainment and they do a lot of good for our communities outside of football. These stadium deals are not going to break your pocket any more than the government already is with deals that are far more ridiculous than this one. I’d much rather help pay for a stadium than some of the other things that our government makes us pay for.

    • Gene

      The politicians don’t care what you think. That is why they are doing everything possible to stop a vote on this issue.

      They think you are too dumb to spend your own money. In your case that may be true, but the majority do not share your opinion.

      • Good one

        Funny … and … true :-)

  • raidersfreak

    NFL really needs to reevaluate how they do businesses in the future with stadium financing. This country is broke so with all that hefty money they make from TV deals an other revenue streams has to go to teams who are need of an upgrade..

    It is the NFL that wants to stay competitive and certain teams can’t afford this unworkable system where the a state or city uses money to pay for their game. It should be the NFL who openly just admitted that they’re thriving in this recessive market. City will stop being bribed one day and the NFL will have to open their tight wad wallets.

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