NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II met with Minnesota lawmakers on Friday. The state governor, Mark Dayton, has been trying to pass a bill for public funding to get the Vikings a new stadium.
“There were no light threats or any threats at all,” Goodell said about potentially moving the franchise to Los Angeles. “What we talked about is the importance of creating a solution that works for the team, that works for the community. This isn’t a new issue. It’s been discussed here for several years. I think the legislative leaders and the governor understand the time is now."
On Monday night, a House committee voted 9-6 against legislation for a $975 million stadium plan, asking state taxpayers for $548 million, or 56 percent of the total cost.
“They are frustrated, but they are committed to this community and want to be here,” Goodell said about the Vikings.
The Vikings are under lease to play in the Metrodome for 2012, but not past that, as the team has pushed for a replacement for more than a decade.