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Minnesota Senate committee narrowly approved a public subsidy on Friday to help
the Vikings build a new football stadium, reviving the teams struggling effort
just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the state capitol to
jumpstart what had been a stalled stadium debate. The Senates Local Government
and Elections Committee passed the bill on an 8-6 vote after a hearing that
stretched nearly four hours. While the stadium bill still faces a long haul in
the waning days of Minnesotas legislative session, the committees vote gave the
$975 million stadium proposal new life four days after a companion bills defeat
in a House committee sparked near panic among supporters. “Were very pleased
with the progress and that the bill moved forward,” Lester Bagley, the Vikings
vice-president for stadium development, said after the Senate committee vote.
“Its been an up and down week, touch and go.” The setback in the House had
prompted the visit Friday by Goodell. He and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art
Rooney II met Friday morning with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to
stress the urgency of resolving the Vikings decadelong pursuit of a replacement
for the Metrodome. Though the Vikings will play next season in the dome, their
lease there has expired. That has raised fears the franchise could get snatched
by Los Angeles or another city seeking its own football team—a prospect
Goodell did not exactly squelch. “They were here basically to say, This is it
folks,” Dayton said after the meeting. A simmering movement to put a franchise
in Los Angeles came up in the discussion at the prompting of lawmakers, Dayton
said. Sen. Julie Rosen, a Republican sponsoring the stadium bill, said
legislative leaders heard that Los Angeles is an option, even if there was no
explicit threat from the NFL. “There is no ultimatum, but we did clearly talk
about LA. We did clearly talk about that is an open market,” Rosen said. “I do
believe there is a feeling in some legislators and even in some folks throughout
the state that they would never leave. So it was good to hear from the NFL, and
from a very prominent owner, that they do have the right to move or be sold.”
Vikings officials, including owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, were not present at the
meeting. Afterward, most who were in the room said the need to act is urgent.
“There were no implied threats or any threats at all,” Goodell said. “What we
talked about is the importance of creating a solution here that works for the
team, that works for the community. This isnt a new issue. Its been discussed
here for several years. I think the legislative leaders and the governor
understand the time is now.” Dayton has pushed for a stadium deal for months,
saying the state is at risk of losing the team just as it did the Lakers long
ago. Moving the team is not permissible under league rules this year, but theres
always 2013. The Vikings have been contacted before by two separate groups
trying to lure a team and build a stadium in Los Angeles but have said, for now,
theyre not interested in selling. Under the bill approved by the Senate
committee, the Vikings would pay $427 million of the construction costs for the
new stadium, which would be built on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.
City and state taxpayers would be on the hook for the other $548 million, or 56
per cent of the total cost. Dayton said the state leaders didnt ask league
officials to enhance the private contribution in the financing package. He said
the NFL delegation ran through a league loan program that could give the team
access to up to $200 million, but it has long been believed franchise owners had
figured that money into their calculations. The closeness of the Senate
committees vote demonstrated concerns still held by a number of lawmakers, with
some senators raising opposition to an expansion of gambling thats part of the
proposals funding package. Some also raised the larger issue of providing a
public subsidy to benefit a wealthy football team owner. “I think some of us are
just trying to represent the good wishes of many Minnesotans,” said Republican
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Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve once
again. Carpentier has secured a ride with RAB Racing at the upcoming NAPA Auto
Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Aug. 18 in Montreal. The Joliette,
Que., native won the pole for this race in 2007 and posted second-place finishes
in 2007 and 2008. The last three Montreal races saw Carpentier as one of the
fastest on the track before mechanical issues or an accident ended his races
early. “The Montreal race is my Daytona 500,” said the 40-year-old Carpentier,
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