Take this for what it’s worth: In his regular MMQB column, SI’s Peter King said his sources are telling him the Vikings will undoubtedly hash out a stadium deal with Minnesota lawmakers. The deal is “not a matter of if, but when” according to King. The scribe indicates that three stadium plans are still in the mix including Arden Hills aka Zygi’s Winter Wonderland.
King doesn’t venture a guess about when the deal will actually get done but he does imply that it could be soon. King writes, “About six weeks ago, NFL CFO Eric Grubman went to Minnesota not to badger local politicians and the governor but to state a fact: If they waited until after the season to hammer out a deal with the Vikings, they’d risk losing control of the decision-making process.” In other words, the principals involved have one more week to get the deal together or the leverage tips strongly toward the Vikings. This doesn’t guarantee a deal will get done this week but it does underline the urgency of the situation from the point-of-view of stadium boosters.
King’s information might not be very specific or ultimately all that valuable, but it’s still nice to hear a little encouraging scuttlebutt from a plugged-in media source. Thank you Peter King for putting down your turkey leg long enough to hammer out that paragraph.