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NFL Commissioner Urging Lawmakers to Pass Vikings Stadium

By KBJR News 1

NFL Commissioner Urging Lawmakers to Pass Vikings Stadium

April 19, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium is gaining some NFL heavy hitting support.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Art Rooney will be making their way to Minnesota on Friday, April 20th to urge lawmakers to start building a new stadium for the Vikings.

The NFL has warned that if Minnesota does not get a stadium deal done by this year, the team's future in the state will be very uncertain.

According to NFL.com, Commissioner Roger Goodell said "serious consequences" could happen if the Vikings can't get anything done.

Eric Grubman, the NFL's Executive Vice President of Ventures and Business Operations, says there would be plenty of "willing buyers" if Vikings owner Zygi Wilf wanted to sell the team. Grub said the situation was "ripe for change."

Governor Mark Dayton held a conference call with Commissioner Goodell and Mr. Rooney Thursday morning where both said that they would make a trip to Minnesota to talk with the governor and state lawmakers about the proposed stadium.

Getting a stadium bill done this year has been a top priority for Governor Dayton.

The Viking's hope for a new stadium was dealt a crippling blow earlier this week when legislation to fund the state's share failed in committee.

The Vikings responded by saying "there is no next year."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns


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