Tuesday, May 24, 2011
BBAO: Special session possible for stadium
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Minnesota state legislature has adjourned without addressing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium issue with so much as a single public hearing. So the question now: Will the issue be placed on the agenda for a presumed special session this summer?
Here's what Rep. Morrie Lanning, one of the stadium bill authors, told Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune: "It is of course possible if, there is a special session, for this issue to be before us."
The special session will be dominated by a contentious battle to balance the state budget, however. And Lanning noted that several obstacles still must be overcome, including roads and naming rights. He told Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that public hearings later this summer are possible as well.
One way or the other, it looks like it will take at least another month to find out whether this bill will be passed or if the Vikings will go into the 2011 season as pending franchise free agents.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Jackson, a pending free agent, feels like it is "wasting my life" to pay attention to the details of the lockout. Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
- Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wonders what would have happened if the Buffalo Bills had drafted linebacker Clay Matthews instead of defensive end Aaron Maybin in the 2009 draft. Matthews is the featured speaker at the Rochester Press-Radio Club's 62nd annual day of champions dinner.
- The Detroit Lions confirmed they have "made some adjustments to our business operation" because of the lockout but would not confirm reports that they have instituted mandatory two-week furloughs for employees, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions offensive lineman Jason Fox is healthy for the first time in two years, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
- Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe, a pending free agent, was arrested over the weekend because of a fight that started over an unpaid nightclub bill of $1,572, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune looks at how the Bears have been impacted by the lockout.