NFL VP Grubman Worried About “Stalemate,” Hopeful Vikings Remain In MN

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2011 – 6:25 am

It’s a big week for the Vikings on the field, with 1st-round pick QB Christian Ponder set to start his first career game and with the Green Bay Packers coming to town. But it’s been a big week off the field for the Vikings, too, as the stadium issue in Minnesota has come to the forefront.

The stadium issue in Minnesota is not just at the forefront of the Vikings perspective, either. Governor Mark Dayton has made the issue a priority this week, as have state lawmakers. And in yet another illustration of how important relevant and current this issue is, the NFL has gotten in on the act, too.

On Tuesday, NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman headed a group of League representatives who visited the Twin Cities in an effort to assess the stadium issue in Minnesota. According to Grubman, the mission was to get a status update on the progress of a new stadium for the Vikings and then to report their findings to the NFL’s finance and stadium committees. Grubman also brought some good news with him, saying that the NFL believes a funding mechanism will be available for the Vikings and the State of Minnesota to help finance a stadium project.

Grubman met with reporters after meeting with Governor Dayton and Minnesota Legislators, and he had a couple of key messages. Grubman made it very clear that the NFL’s visit to Minnesota was not to provide a directive to State leaders, rather it was to gain a better understanding of the current status of a stadium project. But Grubman was also asked about the Vikings future in Minnesota, specifically he was asked if there’s a realistic chance of the Vikings moving out of Minnesota if resolution to the stadium issue is not reached in a timely manner.

“It’s really not for me to speculate about the possibility,” Grubman said. “All I’ll say is this: we’re worried about a stalemate. And a stalemate means there’s no lease, or the lease is about to expire. There’s no plan for a stadium, and there’s an alternative plan in another city. That’s a stalemate, and the alternative wouldn’t include Minnesota.

“That is, in the way we look at it, a crisis. It’s the Minnesota Vikings, and we’re here to work on the Minnesota Vikings, not some other Vikings or some other franchise. Our job is to make sure that doesn’t happen, to make sure that every possible step is taken to give the Vikings a great chance to succeed in this market.”

Grubman went on to explain that it’s not uncommon for the NFL to visit a certain city or market to assess the progress on stadium plans. Their presence “could run the gamut from an early fact-finding mission to a serious assessment,” Grubman said. But he made it clear that the NFL views the stadium situation in Minnesota as a high priority at this time.

Asked how the NFL would respond to taxpayers’ resiliency to fund stadium projects for NFL clubs in the current economic climate, Grubman acknowledged that man fans all across the country are enduring tough economic times. He even pointed members of his family who are just now entering the workforce and are finding difficulty in hitting the ground running.

“But I also know that great cities are defined by the great institutions that they support,” Grubman said. “And the great institutions are a variety of things. People are attracted to cities not for the traffic jams. They’re attracted to cities because of the great things in those cities, and those are not just their day jobs. They’re attracted for the arts, the performing arts. They’re attracted for museums. They’re attracted for sports franchises.

“You have to decide what puts your city on the map, you’re state on the map, in the way you want it to be on the map. And that doesn’t just mean the Minnesota map. You’re in a competitive environment for companies to locate, for people to locate, for goods to be bought and sold. And so that decision is really for Minnesotans, it’s not for us. We respect the choices that Legislators and citizens have to make, and we hope that choice includes the Vikings here.”

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20 Responses to “NFL VP Grubman Worried About “Stalemate,” Hopeful Vikings Remain In MN”

  1. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    some people just do not want to pay for anything…….they oppose a one half cent tax to pay for stadium…….
    Wake up and look around- gas prices fluctuate by as much as 25 cents overnite…..due to speculators on wall street.
    the price for a loaf of bread has gone up by at least 10%…….
    And yet the reublicans want to quibble over one half cent tax to support a project that will bring in jobs and revenue for years to come?
    Oh, wait they just robotically say no to all spending…….I forgot….I assumed they were capable of thinking…… bad.

  2. By Shawn on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Rock maybe if told Republicans its a Dome of Death … a place to hold mini wars and kill accused ctizens … a ” regulation ” burning pit …

    Maybe then they would vote yes …

    By the way how does SAFETY become a bad thing? Safety spun into evil regulations by Republicans …. Republicans hate 99% of Americans and still get 50% of the vote ….

  3. By Justin F on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Rocksalt, that’s pretty much the mindset among Minnesota republicans. They don’t want any new tax, regardless of how small it is. Their excuse is that they’re being taxed to death, which I find laughable considering how small this increase is.

  4. By ozzinator on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    All 3 of you, complete morons!

  5. By Shawn on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    riiiiiiiiiiight ozzinator … turn off the program and you might still be able to be unprogrammed

    When did safety become public enemy #1?

    Regulations = Safety … another truth republicans avoid

  6. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Who is in the draft room?

    I bet it’s Spielman, Brzezinski, and Frazier.

    Then the rest of the coaches, scouts, and consultants are required to watch the draft, and be available for phone calls.

    Of course they ALL have computers, and lots of prepared data

  7. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Rocksalt, Spread the word comrade.

  8. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, advance the word comrade.

  9. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    The state knows best, all is fine and with the Dem’s there is only love and peace, they never put troops in as advisers in any country, Vietnam, Kennedy, they ended poverty in the USA and the world how many years ago, Oh that is right, that evil Buss made them keep the troops in all the ongoing wars. He made the Obama give all that money to the banks. Boy, that man is powerful.

  10. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Go Vikings, Go Comrades.

  11. By VikesNoLAOnlyMNponderALLDAY on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Wow Shawn you must live in complete and utter fear in your daily life to say regulations are safety….regulations are generally laws that are too gruesome to be made into laws.

  12. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    :( :(
    2004 Was the worst draft in Vikings if not NFL history.
    2005 was 2nd worst in Vikings history.
    2006 was a great draft, but Marcus Johnson was the only OL picked.
    Cedric Griffin is the only DB remaining from 2003-2007. He’s had 3 years to prove himself, and hasn’t.
    2007 was a great draft, however NO Offensive Linemen were selected and only one DB (Mike Macauley, who never even started a game for MN)

    Total Offensive LInemen drafted 2003 to 2007: TWO, none remain on roster
    Total Defensive Backs taken 2003 to 2007: 5 only one remains on roster
    Cedric “Cornbread” Griffin

    Your wonderful FRONT OFFICE is mostly to blame.

    Perhaps all we need is NEW SCOUTS:) :)

  13. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Who has the money, the people, nope, the rich, if they have it they have left the country, the Fed’s, yep, Obama gave it all to them. Now he wants more for his poor banker’s friends, after all they need to be repaid for giving all those home loans to them cretin people who could not pay for them in the first place. Good job Dem’s

  14. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    SKOL VIKINGS, Hope is rising in MN.

  15. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    10 games then what, NM Vikings?

  16. By DRS on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Peace and Love to one and all, good day.

  17. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply


    Adrian Peterson had 1298 yards last year with perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFL. That’s the only possible reason he made the Pro Bowl, because they knew the Vikings offensive line was so bad.

    Dear Titus and Mike B.,

    Note the date above and the fact I was crying for a high pick or free agent for the OFFENSIVE LINE back on March 12th. That is about TWO MONTHS before
    the draft.

    Perhaps I am ahead of the gang when it comes to the VPs of Nosepicking, or the Armchair Quarterbacking Viking Scouts. These guys have a job to do, they cannot be like the AVERAGE FAN !



  18. By hippster on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    hey there saltlicker, why do you always go there? I don’t live in MN but I love the vikings always have .I’d probably donate a few bucks so liberals like you could have a new statium,shut your pie-hole eh if you can’t keep your job blame yourself ,not taxpayers, use a state lottery or private investors how about a toll road to the statium that might work ,how about charging a little more for tickets or just have you all in MN buy the team like GB did .just look at all the ideas that come from good hearted REPUBLICANS if you want I can point out that dems had control of house senate and the pres for 2 full years,and did nothing for jobs….

  19. By hippster on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    I used to think the NewOrlen aints were the hand out capital of the USA but after reading some of these comments I might have to change my mind

  20. By ozzinator on Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    hippster, you are correct sir.

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