Stadium Plan Delayed

The Vikings were expected to unveil their revised plan for a new stadium in the downtown east location. Instead, the team announced a delay in the plans, which may not come forward for some time as the team tries to crunch numbers and find a new financial partner.

The Vikings' new plan for a downtown stadium was expected to be announced Monday, but not only was the plan not unveiled, there may be a considerable delay before it is.

The Vikings said Monday that the plan has been delayed and won't be announced until the team can come up with a way to determine a funding mechanism. The Vikings are seeking a one-third cost share between the Vikings, a local tax contribution and a state-funded one-third. The team had that in place with Anoka County, but when the downtown option at or on the current Metrodome site became available, the costs went up and Anoka County went out.

As it stands, the Vikings are without a financial partner and, if a stadium built comes with a retractable roof, it will add almost $200 million to the project. Until the Vikings can find a way to either come up with more of their own money, get a commitment from the NFL for up to $150 million in G-3 money and/or get Hennepin County to take on some of the tax burden – not too likely given their commitment to the Twins stadium – the team could remain in limbo as far as getting a stadium.

* The fickle nature of the win-now life in the NFL came home to roost Monday when Marty Schottenheimer, whose Chargers had the best record in the NFL in 2006, was fired after losing in the first round of the playoffs. It is the first time in league history that a coach has been fired the year after winning 14 games during the regular season.
* The process of teams releasing players with fat contracts has begun. On Monday, the Giants released linebackers LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons. The release of Arrington comes just a year after he signed a seven-year, $49 million contract.
* Former Vikings assistants and new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that his team is going to require some starters to play on special teams.

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