Time Running Out for a Vikings Stadium Deal [AUDIO,POLL]
UNDATED - The clock is ticking, time is running out, forth and goal -- pick your sports cliche' -- the big question is, "who's going to blink first on the issue over a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings?"
The team maintains they won't sign a new lease at the Metrodome, which runs out at the end of the season -- there are just six home games left by the way. But, state lawmakers don't seem to be in any hurry to put together a deal on a new stadium. Virtually nothing has changed since the regular session ended in May.
Republican State Representative King Banaian of St. Cloud says he thinks there's more time on the clock than what you'd think.
During the special session in July there was talk of a second special session sometime this fall to deal with the issue. However, Banaian says he doesn't foresee anything happening any time soon.
The team is offering to pay more than $410 million toward the cost of the stadium, as well as any overruns. But, they want the state and Ramsey county to each contribute $300 million.
Meanwhile, fans of the Minnesota Vikings continue to be caught in the middle, as the country's most popular sport collides with an emerging philosophy of smaller government and lower taxes.
King Banaian was also quoted on this issue in an article in the New York Times this week.