Major NFL news could be coming out of Minnesota
Maybe, just maybe there will be some major NFL news out of Minnesota today.
No, we’re not expecting a breakthrough in talks between commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith. But the hail mary the Vikings tossed up for a new stadium may turn into a completion. For a touchdown.
The Minneapolis Star Tribube reports an announcement could come later today on a finalized plan for a stadium in Arden Hills, a Twin Cities suburb. According to the report, the cost of the stadium has been dropped by about $200,000 and the team has increased its contribution from $407 million.
“You’re headed in the right direction,” said Sen. Doug Magnus, co-author of the stadium legislation, told the Star Tribune. Magnus however did not confirm specific figures, but said an announcement could come Wednesday.
Lester Bagley, a vice president for the Vikings who is leading the team’s stadium initiative, didn’t say anything conclusive other than idea are being swapped on a daily basis. Lawmakers are meeting to avoid a state government shutdown on Friday, a much more pressing issue for them. The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome, which remains under construction for a new roof, expires at the end of this season.
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