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Monday, April 2, 2012
BBAO: Vikings stadium hearing tonight

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Good morning. It's nice to be back.

A weekend political breakthrough has allowed the Minnesota Vikings' stadium proposal to clear another hurdle and be scheduled for a public hearing Monday night in front of the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee, according to Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. We'll spare you the details, but in essence the bill authors have agreed on how to share revenues for new electronic pull tabs that will fund the state's portion of the $975 million stadium

And as Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune reports, there is now a formal backup plan in the bill should the pull tabs fall short of funding expectations. The flurry of activity led a legislative stadium proponent who had been pessimistic about progress, to express optimism Sunday evening. State Rep. John Kriesel tweeted: "Here's the deal, I am now optimistic about the stadium bill's chances, but being a #Vikings fan my whole life I am used to being let down."

Well, nothing is perfect. But momentum has continued. Last week, as we noted, the plan received support from the Minneapolis City Council. Stay tuned.

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