Vikings say 'there is no next year' on stadium issue

A day after a plan to provide new stadium funding for the Minnesota Vikings fell apart at the state capitol, lawmakers worked to assign blame to one another.

And the Vikings warned that the status quo isn’t going to work for them.

Gov. Mark Dayton suggested the matter was one that could be tackled in 2013 and the Vikings said “there is no next year.”

“The last governor said in 2006 we'll come back and work on yours next year. That was six years ago,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “No action this year is a decision.”

Plans for the $975 million stadium crumbled in a 9-6 vote and while Dayton has also expressed some hope the issue could be brought back to life this session, chances of that happening are remote.

“Legislators are afraid of voting on this issue,” Bagley said.

The Vikings have yet to make threats of moving the franchise. But when they say there is no next year, it’s clear they’re preparing to take the next step in negotiations. We’ll see when they are ready to ramp this up.

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