With key players at odds, stadium faces long odds

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2012 - 6:35 AM

The Vikings, Dayton and DFLers are struggling to get on the same page.

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yvesbabetteApr. 17, 1210:24 PM

I will presume all you anti-stadium people are now going to vote DFL in the next election. Your GOP cohorts have abandoned, double-crossed, and sold you out. Welcome to the Democratic Party!

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paulprobstApr. 17, 1210:27 PM

At odds to stubborn extent MN Officials would rather argue than compromise therefore they've learned the worst lessons from the big boys in DC. It's hard to have respect for any of them. Excuse the obvious none of these guys have proven themselves "leaders"!

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davidk725Apr. 17, 1210:29 PM

Huge mistake to abandon the Arden Hills site in the hope that Mayor Bicycle could somehow convince the Minneapolis legislators to go along for the ride. DFL is too busy greasing their wheels with the tribal contributions to make a tough decision at election time.

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platinumApr. 17, 1210:33 PM

Jim Souhan's article today puts it well. We will eventually replace the Viking's at a MUCH higher cost if they move. Nobody will be able to force the Wilff's to keep the team here, it will be a smart business decision for them to relocate, and they will. NFL teams have and do move, and when this happens to us, we can thank the people with the short-sighted minds. No deal will make everyone happy, so it is time to look at something simple that shares the cost around the state, with an additional kick from Hennepin County in the form of a small sales tax increase, or similar deal. Break the indian monopoly on casino's and use the profits....or take the indian's offer for the downtown casino. That helps as a tourist destination, helps the hotels, and convention center as well. Get something done!

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djs185Apr. 17, 1210:46 PM

plan B,Go back to room, call NFL in with emergency contingency cash and build it! Git er Done!!

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wthomasApr. 17, 1211:20 PM

i have always thought minnesotan's and were smart and more or less thinkers. I would always point this out to non natives but now you are the people that will be known for electing the reps that got rid of the vikes

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atcer64Apr. 18, 1212:29 AM

Time to cut the ties. I've put up with nothing but Viking heartache for 40 years so I'm not going to wait around for them to rip out my heart one last time when they move. Since Florida will be home during football season when we retire in 10 years, hello Bucs and Sunday Ticket!! So long Vikes! Too bad the silent majority didn't have a voice. We wouldn't be in this mess. wthomas - what are you babbling about??

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tani12Apr. 18, 1212:30 AM

We get it. Stadium supporters are mad because they didn't get their way. As they use to tell the anti-stadium group, that's democracy. At least they'll get a referendum of sorts in the fall. What the rest of us should take away from this is how this particular business has infiltrated every level of the government and how willing the government has been to marginalize citizens in favor of a private business. Honestly, it's pitiful and sad. It will be interesting to see if the Governor works half as hard to balance the budget or if the legislature is as willing to raise taxes to meet a shortfall as they were to make Minneapolis pay for a stadium.

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erikj3Apr. 18, 1212:32 AM

The Queens aren't going to leave, people. Wilf knows he can't move the team, and the NFL wouldn't let him even if he tried. The Dome is good enough, and if Wilf wants to renovate it (with a loan from Tarzhay and the NFL, perhaps), fine, it's his for a buck (he'd probably ask the NFL for a loan for that, too). Nope, we're stuck with the Queens for the foreseeable future, I'm afraid.

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thirdfrankApr. 18, 1212:40 AM

Place Vikings stadium blame where it belongs. "No" vote by solons means proponents failed to make case. Simply throwing PR at the public does not equate to making a case. The governor has stated publicly that the economic model of pro sports makes no sense - yet he supports this. Why? Case not made! Speaker of the House has expended no political capital (but still blames the minority leader) on this. Why? Case not made! If this is a state issue - and the legislature of the whole state is voting on it - then why shouldn't the entire state pay for it? Why? Case not made! If this project somehow does rise from the ashes and pass into some kind of reality, why should we not fund everyone else with a crappy business model? Why not? Case not made! We educate our people to be discerning. Yet, Bagley whines "What more would you have us do?" Lester: Make the damn case!

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