Bagley said that, similar to the Vikings having to get in line following the Twins and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers stadium proposals over the years, the team will have to get in line to get its stadium bill heard after the State Legislature agrees on a budget bill. When that happens, Bagley said, the Vikings should be at the front of that line.
"The good news is that we're still standing," Bagley said. "Our issue is very much in play. The governor, legislative leaders, business leaders and labor leaders all realize that we need to resolve this issue. As the regular session closed out and moved into a special session, so did the Vikings issue."
Given the flurry of vetoes signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a special session will be called after legislative leaders hammer out a budget deal. Bagley was optimistic the stadium discussion will get incorporated into that discussion and be addressed as part of a special session when it comes in June.
"Once an agreement comes into shape and into focus, then they'll call a special session, bring the legislators back for three or four days and we believe we're part of those discussions," Bagley said. "When they bring legislators back and when the budget comes into focus, the stadium will come into focus."
Bagley said the team remains confident that a stadium deal will get done because the Vikings have accomplished all of the hurdles placed in front of them and successfully cleared them.
"We've done what they've asked us to do," he said. "For the last several months and years, the direction to the Vikings has been, ‘Go get a site, go get a local partner, go get a finance plan, put significant private money into the deal and get a local contribution.' We've done all that. We've delivered. We've brought forward two-thirds of the equation. What's left to resolve is the state piece. How do we pay for the roof and address the road issue?"
Limbaugh couldn't help himself but to prod Pawlenty about this issue, saying, "The usual threats are being made. If the public doesn't chip in and build a new stadium, the Vikings are gone. They'll move to L.A. or someplace."
Pawlenty deflected the question by saying the rumor is that Limbaugh is going to buy them and move the team. Limbaugh was caught off-guard and changed the subject. Maybe T-Paw does have a political future if he can disarm the great media pontificators so quickly and deftly.
"I think they'll get something done," Winfield said. "We still have some time left. We haven't missed any games. I would like to get it done after training camp, but we'll see what happens."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.