Stadium Bill Picks Up Steam, But Still Plenty Of Work To Be Done

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2012 – 6:49 am

It was just eight days ago when a Minnesota House of Representatives panel shot down stadium legislation that seemed to kill any chance of a resolution to the issue this year and thus putting the Vikings future in Minnesota in peril. But now, with the clocking ticking, positive momentum is building.

A headline in Tuesday’s Star Tribune reads “Vikings stadium revived, rolling,” and the opening paragraph by the paper’s writers – Mike Kaszuba and Jim Ragsdale – states that “the project’s momentum accelerated throughout the day amid indications the full House and Senate could vote on the proposal by Friday.”

Reaching the point where the full House and Senate vote on a proposal is the key. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Stadium Committee chairman/Pittsburgh Steelers Owner Art Rooney II visited the State Capitol late last week and met with Governor Dayton and State leaders. Those meetings were called productive and Commissioner Goodell indicated that his desire was for the stadium proposal to be voted on before the Legislature adjourned.

This is all good news, but also keep in mind that plenty of work remains and we’re not out of the woods yet. Stay tuned to for the latest information, keep your fingers crossed, and use this link to contact your legislators and let them know that the time is now to solve this issue and keep the Vikings in Minnesota.

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NFL Rosters Expanded From 80 Players To 90

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2012 – 6:03 am

A little less than a month ago at their annual spring meetings in Florida, NFL owners considered several rules changes brought forth by the NFL’s competition committee and ultimately decided to approve, reject or table each proposal. We went over the decision on each proposal soon after the meetings, but now there’s an unexpected update to one of the suggestions previously considered by the NFL owners.

On Monday it was announced by NFL Senior Vice President of Communications Greg Aiello that the NFL’s roster limit has officially been expanded from 80 players to 90, effective at 3:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Do the math, and that means that 320 new jobs have opened up for NFL players, albeit on a temporary basis.

NFL teams will be required to cut their rosters from 90 to 80 sometime after the third preseason game and then they’ll cut the rosters down to the final regular season number of 53 following the fourth preseason game on September 1.

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