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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Vikings, 49ers and stadium momentum

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The San Francisco 49ers, with a new coaching staff and questions at quarterback, are already arguably the NFC West team most affected by the lockout on the field.

They are also the division's most-affected team off the field. That is because the NFL will not help finance a new 49ers stadium without a collective bargaining agreement in place.

The issue remains an impediment to the Minnesota Vikings as well. Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Tuesday that the league would help the Vikings with their new stadium, leading one of my Facebook friends, Steve, to wonder what that meant for the 49ers. Have the Vikings been promised something extra? Not according to the league.

"It is the same assurance that any team has, which is that the clubs will consider requests by a team for a club-seat waiver in which a portion of club-seat revenue that goes to the visiting team sharing pool instead is used toward stadium construction financing for a period of time," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by a three-fourths vote of the clubs."

The Vikings, like the 49ers, aren't getting help from the league without a CBA. With the legislative session in Minnesota ending within days, Goodell's comments appeared aimed toward giving the Vikings a short-term political push as they seek public support. Goodell said he would reveal more specifics in the coming days, but without a CBA, it'll be tough to advance the discussion.

The chart breaks down financing for NFC West venues, including the 49ers' proposed stadium. Non-ownership funding includes public financing, plus money raised by stadium authorities through naming rights and other measures. For the 49ers, that breaks down as $117 million in public money and $330 million from the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.