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Vikings Losing Leverage In Stadium Push?

December 1, 2010
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Lost in the cacophony of  calls for Brad Childress’ job, was the fact that the Minnesota state legislature has been talking about a new stadium for the Vikings. Governor-elect (pending the results of a statewide recount) Mark Dayton told reporters last week that plans for a new stadium are being discussed.

“We talked about the stadium bill in general. We didn’t get to any specific agreements or deals,” said Dayton.

The Vikings organization has been ramping up their efforts as well. Yesterday, Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development and Public Affairs Lester Bagley held an online chat with fans on Vikings.com. The conversation revolved around the stadium, and Bagley referenced the possibility of the Vikings moving to Los Angeles. Per Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal:

“Bagley confirmed that the team has been approached by groups that want to bring the NFL to Los Angeles, but he stressed that the team wants to find a stadium solution in Minnesota. He said the team is considering multiple Minneapolis sites and one suburban site.”

The process of funding and building a new stadium for the Vikings involves ongoing and intense negotiations between the legislature, the Vikings, and of course, the public. A large bargaining chip of the Vikings organization has always been the possibility of shipping the team off to Los Angeles.

Bagley isn’t the first to mention a move to follow the Lakers, but by confirming that two teams with Los Angeles ties have approached the Vikings, he puts the pressure back on local government to come up with a solution. However, the good folks over at Pro Football Talk unearthed a nugget that may greatly reduce the Vikings’ Los Angeles leverage.

Mike Florio reported that the San Diego Chargers may soon find themselves with a new owner who is interested in moving the team to Los Angeles.

If the Chargers beat the Vikings to the proverbial punch and move to Los Angeles first, the Vikings stadium issue can be put on the back burner once again. Without the fear of the Vikings moving to Los Angeles, the legislature will most likely take up more pressing issues, leaving the Vikings to advocate for themselves for the foreseeable future.

Having said that, I still believe a new deal between the legislature and the Vikings will eventually be reached. The Vikings are simply too important to the people of this state and to the local economy. I think a deal gets done, but when it gets done is anyone’s guess.

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  1. CharlesMartinGraduates permalink
    December 3, 2010 12:41 pm

    Cacophony. Love that word.

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