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Thursday, April 15, 2010
B & B all over: 'Unlikely but possible'

By Kevin Seifert

Minnesota's stadium negotiations have continued to grow more interesting, if not more successful, this week. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf held a closed-door meeting with 20 state legislators Tuesday, and on Wednesday Gov. Tim Pawlenty did not rule out the possibility that public financing for a new stadium could be approved in the next month.

Pawlenty called that prospect "unlikely but possible," which actually is more optimistic than any public statements I've seen or heard him make. This report from the Star Tribune details a number of financing proposals under consideration to replace the Metrodome, including one that would require a less expensive design. The current price tag is $870 million.

The story suggests that, at the very least, a bill will be introduced before the end of the legislative session. The Vikings' Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season. Stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North with the draft one week out: