The debate over a Vikings stadium appears to be a deadlock, according to one of those closest to trying to broker a solution to the Vikings stadium dilemma.
Ted Mondale, the point man for Gov. Mark Dayton's stadium effort, said Tuesday that the Vikings stadium proposal in Ramsey County is nearing a "stalemate" over how the $131 million needed for road improvements will be paid for and who will pay for it.
Mondale reiterated that the state won't contribute more than $300 million and that the rest must come from the Vikings and Ramsey County. From the county side, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has made it clear that its contribution for the project will be capped at $350 million. If the project is in fact a $1.1 billion deal, it would require the Vikings to cough up $450 million to reach to the $1.1 billion threshold.
As it currently stands, the Vikings have capped their contribution at $407 million.
Less than 15 percent of the total cost of the project could torpedo a stadium. The Vikings have found a local partner and got the two of them to provide 70 percent of the total cost. Yet, it still may not be enough to get a stadium deal done this year.
The agent for Sidney Rice wrote on Twitter that Rice is 100 percent healed from the hip injury that sidelined him the first half of the 2010 season and is ready to hit the free agent market.
Adrian Peterson will conduct a football clinic Saturday, June 18, for kids in Tyler, Texas. Peterson is teaming with local high school coaches to teach several fundamental skill areas.
Owners and players met Tuesday in New York in an attempt to get a deal done before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the potential lifting of a lockout.
With the lack of ongoing football news, what passes for news has become something of a stretch. In Cleveland, it was a news story that the Browns don't have an interest in recently released wide receiver/inmate Plaxico Burress. Seeing as nobody had linked the Browns with Burress, teams interested in Plax can rest easier.
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.