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February 27, 2012
Vikings stadium almost ready to be thrown to Minneapolis council wolves
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley says the team is "near the end" of negotiating a stadium deal with Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, though of course that doesn't actually mean that the Minneapolis city council or Minnesota state legislature will approve it.
And speaking of the council, seven out of its 13 members are now on record as saying they won't approve a stadium deal without a referendum, and that their constituents overwhelmingly back them up on this. Four members support the mayor's plan; two, Meg Tuthill and Kevin Reich, are undecided, though Reich said on Friday that he's leaning toward requiring a referendum.
At this point, the only real hope for the Minneapolis plan appears to be if either Rybak can twist some seemingly untwistable arms — maybe somebody would like some redevelopment money funneled to their district? — or the state legislature decides to flat-out overrule the council, which it says it doesn't want to do. Still, it doesn't cost Bagley, Rybak, and Dayton anything to announce a deal, and who knows? Maybe some "We have a deal!" headlines will prompt some Minneapolis councilmember to change their mind — or at least to name their price.