Reporting Kevin Battle
Moving a professional sports franchise is always a touchy subject – especially to a Baltimore Colts or Bullets fans.
A deal to keep the Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is being worked on by Minnesota politicians. The Vikings have been trying to get a new stadium for more than a decade. But, the state legislature or the governor have said “y’know what? Wait your turn,” according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. The Vikings have waited and waited while the Twins and The University of Minnesota have built new homes courtesy of taxpayers.
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Krawczynski joined The Norris & Davis Show on Baltimore’s 105-7 THE FAN to discuss the fate of the team and the drama surrounding the political process in which the State House of Representatives “passed a form of the bill (to fund a new stadium) but are asking for naming rights go to the state from the stadium. That really would bring about another $100 million to the state side of the portion and take it away from the Vikings. The Vikings have already said that that probably isn’t going to work.”
Will the Vikings pull a Colts? Will Minnesota be left the way Baltimore once was? The economic times may not allow for any other outcome. According to Krawczynski, “That’s kind of been the writing on the wall and the concern with a lot of people. That if this doesn’t happen that the Vikings will be heading out to Los Angeles or some other market. But the Wilf family has steadfastly refused to fire that bullet and really turn up the heat on the legislature to get something done.”
The Wilf family has stepped up and offered $427 million to help defray the cost of a new stadium. “But this $100 million (extra) figure that is being asked of them in the latest version of the bill is simply too high. That’s going to have to come down or else,” Krawczynski said.
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