NFL Officials Pushing for Stadium Bill

By KBJR News 1

April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, he's concerned that, if a stadium bill can't pass, there won't be any viability for the Vikings future in Minnesota.

Vikings Stadium supporters brought out some heavy hitters today at the Capitol, including Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney.

There were a lot of football analogies flying around as both lawmakers and football officials tried to get something that can be taken to a vote before the legislative session ends later this month.

"We just came to see what we could do to encourage the legislature to move the ball across the goal line, and, as I say, we seemed to have a very productive conversation and hopefully progress will be made from here," said Rooney.

Commissioner Goodell added that there were no threats of moving the team in the meeting, but he and Rooney made it clear that they expect the lawmakers to get together and get the stadium deal done this session.

All legislators present were quick to promise to work hard to get to an up or down vote this session, but no one really offered any concept on exactly how.

The Minnesota Senta is currently working to pass a Stadium Bill at this hour. They're looking at three different versions.