Found April 20, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Commissioner Roger Goodell is set for a crucial Friday meeting with Minnesota politicians, looking to push state lawmakers forward on a bill to finance a new stadium for the Vikings. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's private plane touched down in southern California Thursday, just days after a visit by Goodell for talks with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. There are currently plans to build two stadiums in or near Los Angeles, with both projects awaiting a commitment from an NFL franchise before construction can begin. Goodell warned Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton there will be "serious consequences" if the state cannot pass a bill this year to finance the $975 million stadium for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis. Friday's meeting will reportedly include Steelers president Art Rooney II, who chairs the league's stadium committee. Los Angeles has long been rumored as a possible destination for the Vikings if the state cannot help the team build a new stadium to replace the 30-year-old Metrodome. Dayton and Wilf unveiled the plan for the new stadium March 1, but the proposal was dealt a major blow this week, when a Minnesota House committee voted down the use of nearly $400 million in state funds for the project. Though Dayton said there will be no new taxes needed to fund the stadium, lawmakers are wary of committing to the spending in an election year. The governor is still hoping he can revive the bill this year, possibly in a special session after November's elections. Goodell's trip to Minnesota is meant to ramp up the urgency on state leaders to revive the bill before the end of the current legislative session at the end of the month. The Vikings have committed to playing in the Metrodome in 2012 even though the lease is expired. The need for a new stadium became all the more evident in Dec. 2010 when part of the Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of snow, though no one was inside at the time.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers will come to Minnesota on Friday to meet with state lawmakers and urge them to make progress on building a new stadium for the Vikings. Dayton said he spoke by phone with Goodell and Art Rooney on Thursday morning. He says they consider it urgent to approve a stadium...

Minnesota facing 'serious consequences?'

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Vikings, NFL may need to use the 'M' word

ST. PAUL, Minn. For years, Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf have tried to be patient and work with state legislators to find a solution for replacing the outdated Metrodome.A process that started under previous owner Red McCombs and continued when the Wilfs bought the team in 2005 has led nowhere. The Vikings still play in the Metrodome, where they rank 31st out of 32...

Panel revives Vikings stadium bill

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Goodell, Rooney headed to MN for stadium talk

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Minnesota Senate committee approves stadium bill

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Are the Minnesota Vikings heading to Los Angeles?

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