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Thursday Morning Update: Stadium Bill, Williams Wall

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 6, 2010 – 9:03 am

A few important news items involving the Vikings are coming down today. Let’s take a quick look at both of them…

Stadium Bill: After a glitzy introduction by legislators at the state capitol on Monday, the stadium bill has encountered some turmoil. After a few adjustments, the bill’s financing plan was passed late Tuesday night by a House committee. But then another House committee struck down the proposal via a 10-9 vote, which caused even more changes to the financing plan when it was discussed by a Senate panel. Ultimately, the bill remains alive but it seems much of the momentum generated by Monday’s exciting announcement has been subdued.

Williams Wall: Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson will likely issue a ruling in the case involving the lawsuit filed by Kevin Williams and Pat Williams against the NFL. As the Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins suggested, today’s ruling will be another step forward in this case but it will also certainly be appealed by whichever sides comes out on the short end.

UPDATE: Judge Larson ruled today that the Williamses must serve their 4-game suspension, but as we pointed out in the original report, the Williamses will appeal the ruling and they’ll also ask Judge Larson to keep in place the restraining order that allows the DTs to play while the litigation continues.


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29 Responses to “Thursday Morning Update: Stadium Bill, Williams Wall”

  1. By jbork88 on May 6, 2010 | Reply

    wow, our offseason is getting as dramatic as the steelers.

  2. By meswant on May 6, 2010 | Reply

    no kidding. This just sucks!

  3. By DM on May 6, 2010 | Reply

    Its all so Depressing,First we dont know weather Favre will return,Now we dont even know weather we will even have the vikings in minnesota in 2013.I Dont know?,If we dont build a new Stadium,I Hope we can atleast keep the vikings from leaving Minnesota.

  4. By CA Norwegian on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Leaving Minn??? It seems impossible to consider. They are strong arming the public, no? If the suspensions hold, maybe they could stagger them and let Pat the older one get his just before the playoffs. The early bye and the tough schedule make me nervous. Chester Taylor is bound to be determined for revenge. He gave us many new sets of downs last year, I hope the new group is up to that this year without him. It seems that we have a great group to work out of the backfield even without Chester. I hope Web can make the team and they will put in a reverse/gadget pass option play. Those are the best when they work.

  5. By Rocksalt on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Sad news if vikes leave MN-1st the Lakers, then the NorthStars……..if the issue is simply cost,well what is the cost of not having a pro football team? What is the cost of allowing a tradition to die?
    As for Williams wall,Chester Taylor, Ray Edwards, Favre…. it seems last year was the opportunity……..

  6. By cdub12 on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    The NFL is wrong for dragging out the Starcaps case. They are the ones who didn’t get the test results back to the Williams’. It’s just not right. If they were going to suspend them they should have done it by now, our season could be in jeapordy this year if we lose them. I’ve been a Vikings fan ever since I was 4. If they move; I will stop watching Pro football. Build a new stadium for them so we can keep the tradition of Purple and Gold football in Minnesota like it was meant to be!

  7. By Bigfan1 on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds absurd, why is the NFL even concerned with this it’s not even a roid issue, shouldn’t even be in court. I hope the appeal drags on all season and the injunction allows these two beasts to play all season.

  8. By Pat the Viking on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, I want a Dynasty in Minnesota, with 10 SB wins back to back and everyone saying that Minnesota could of have 11 SB wins – if back that first year Brett, the Williams wall, Chester Taylor and Ray Edwards could have beaten the Saints in ’09.

  9. By MIke B on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    It’s time for the people in Minneasota to step up and say they want professional sports in their state. The stadium bill needs positive input from the people of Minneasota as that is where the tax income will come from. The Vikings need a state of the art facility to keep championship caliber players. Will it be difficult for an owner to move a time out of Minneasota, yes. The NFL has set up strict rules about moving a team. This means the Vikings would be never more the way of the Oilers. This will not stop a the team from moving. The Twins got their new stadium and it is reasonable that the Vikings should too. I think the legislature and governor will send the wrong message to the Vikings and the NFL, if they don’t get a stadium passed and soon. The loudest voices still need to come from the people of Minneasota. I hope it gets done before the lease in the metrodome is up. Goo Vikings.

  10. By michandre on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    A stadium sounds like an expense, and it is…but the reality is a thriving team and facility can be a huge job creator and source of pride for the fans and the state. Hopefully, a good plan can be approved.

  11. By Rocksalt on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, a new stadium is needed. Other teams make it work, they get the new stadiums they need, so why not the Vikings? The Vikings as a team make very little revenue from the Metrodome. The facillty is embarrassingly outdated. Time for a new outlook. Time to support Purple Pride.
    Still sucks about the ruling on the Williams Wall. Wasn’t one of the Saints also supposed to have taken the same supplement as Pat & Kevin? nothin happened there…….

  12. By LA viking on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Too bad you won’t build a new stadium for the Vikes. Minnesota will lose a lot of money when (not if) the team leaves. But there is a silver lining. I will more easily
    get to all the home games and you all can go back to being ” cheeseheads”.

  13. By Todd Forcellina on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    I am so disgusted by what is transpiring in MN.. Anyone who says they are a Viking fan and yet doesnt fight tooth and nail to keep them in that state should be ashamed! I have been a die hard out of state (CT.) Viking fan for 37 years and wont even consider rooting for whatever formation of a team they will call the Vikings if they leave MN. I have had Viking season tickets for 11 years now and travel to MN many times during the season and spend not hundreds but THOUSANDS of dollars in that state every year!!! What dont the men in office understand in that state. A perfect plan has been proposed and you shoot it down 10-9!! GET IT DONE or be the laughing stock of the NFL. Dont be fooled this wont be another Cleveland situation, the state will never get this team back if they go.

  14. By CA Norwegian on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    It seems like extortion. The Vikes belong in MN even if I am not. There is no better team to watch. It makes no sense for them to be elsewhere. They have the best or one of the best homefield advantages in the league. Why loose that, when I went to a Rams game out here, people were drinking and not even wise enough to holler on the opposing teams 3rd down. Vikes leave MN, come on, really?

  15. By S Minn. Viking Fan on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Lets get this stadium deal done! WE CANT LET THEM LEAVE !!!! the longer you drag it out the cost keeps going up !!! It would put alot of people to work also !!! GET IT DONE !!!!!

  16. By jbork88 on May 9, 2010 | Reply

    but you guys know how last minue the twins bill was right? and how narrow the vote was? so i’m not too worried. i am more concerned with the status of the williams wall than anything else this offseason

  17. By JJ on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    i live in kansas but i was born in duluth. been a viking fan forever. i cant imagine the vikes playing anywhere but minnesota. being a non-resident i cant help support the new stadium bill but i am sure keeping my fingers crossed for it. these guys have been doing a lot for the sport and the community and it would be a shame not to acknowledge it, this is OUR TEAM!

  18. By Deavon Richards on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    we cant allow the packers to finally win the division. WE NEED TO STAY IN MINNESOTA!!!

  19. By Rocksalt on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    It is looking less and less hopeful for a stadium. There seems to be too many people in MN not willing to support the Vikes. Zyggi Wylf is experiencing the same frustations as Red McCombs, namely the state legislators unwilling to make the deal go through. Pawlenty only cares about himself, so he will do nothing. Where are all the large MN corporations? 3M? Pilsbury? General Mills? Target? Best Buy? Why don’t they contribute? Thet call MN home, so why don’t they “pony up”?

  20. By Robin S. on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesota needs the Vikings! They are so important! Build the stadium!

  21. By Jason Vesely on May 11, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings will get their new stadium. A new stadium means hosting a Super Bowl date. If Detroit can get it done, Minneapolis can too. And the fact is that Green Bay renovated Lambeau Field and Chicago rebuilt Soldier Field. The NFL wants to keep the NFC North the way it is.

    Los Angeles is always a political football prop, and has had numerous opportunity to keep the Rams and Raiders there. It was a real shame that market lost the Rams, because for years those fans supported them, and then all of a sudden their owner got a bug somewhere between her brain and the nervous system and tanked the team and moved them to St. Louis and they’re looking for both now support and a new stadium. With unsettled ownership there, their situation looks very bleak. Chances are they’ll never get a new stadium there. This is about the best chance of L.A. getting a team back, if ever. Expansion would solve the whole deal for that city. The Raiders had the most pull there, and if Al Davis couldn’t get it done there, what owner is going to? And then there are the Chargers, who are having a political obstacle in San Diego that may be looking for a move back home..they started out in that market. They’re never going to leave that region (they’re in Southern California as it is, so it would make the most sense for L.A. to lure them with the new stadium to come there.)

  22. By jbork88 on May 11, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings still have time, just look at how the twins got their new field.

  23. By mike on May 11, 2010 | Reply

    Why can’t the Vikings just build a cheaper stadium? If having to spend about $200 million extra for a roof, then why not go without for now! Build the stadium so a roof can be added later.

  24. By Jason Vesely on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    The Golden Gophers Stadium is there. The Vikings have a place to play at while their new venue gets proposed and their new venue gets built. That was why that stadium was built first. It makes ideal sense with scheduling, where there aren’t any conflicts since the Gophers use it on Saturdays, and the Vikings can use it on Sundays.

  25. By Jason Vesely on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    Los Angeles has always had questionable fan support and the NFL has to be convinced 100% that a team will be committed to staying there; which hasn’t happened. For them to get a new stadium is even more impossible because nobody there wants it. All that is there is the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl but neither stadium wants the NFL. Although the Rams did play for a lot of years in Anaheim, on the baseball field, but a new stadium is what has to go up in order for them to properly bring a team back. The NFL may eventually solve this problem with expansion where L.A. gets 1 NFC expansion team and 1 AFC expansion team. That would bring the number of teams up to 34 (17 in each conference) A schedule would work with 16 games, like it is now, but each team would get 1 extra bye week to balance out the schedule to fit both L.A. teams in.

  26. By Rocksalt on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    The LA stadium is already in the groundbreaking stage. It will be built and financed by developer Ed Roski. The poitential TV market in LA is 5million second only to NY metro area, so economics alone would suggest that this would make money for the NFL.
    The truth is the Vikings need a stadium, one is already in the works in LA, a larger market….it is all about business, not fan emotions.
    Do I feel the Vikes should stay in MN? Of course. But look at the reality here-MN is not willing to do what it takes to keep the team.

  27. By ray on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    go to this link to sign petition to get new stadium.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/specialsessionforvikes/signatures

  28. By Rocksalt on May 13, 2010 | Reply

    EVERYONE needs to let his/her representatives, congressmen, legislators know how they feel. EMAIL, CALL, or WRITE LETTERS supporting your team. If enough voices are heard, the politician will have to act. MAKE THEM DO THEIR JOB-LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT THE VIKINGS IN MN.

  29. By Harry Mangina on May 14, 2010 | Reply

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