Since Roger Goodell was in town anyway for the mediation that's taking place between the league and the player's union/trade association/whatever the hell they're calling themselves now despite the fact that they're still acting like a union, it makes sense that he'd make a swing over to St. Paul to talk to Governor Mark Dayton about the Vikings' current stadium situation.
After the meeting, Goodell said that he would reveal sometime this week exactly how much the National Football League would contribute to a new stadium. From the sounds of it, the league definitely is going to contribute to the stadium efforts in Minnesota, as they have with other recent stadiums, but now it's simply a matter of how much.
Under the NFL's old G3 program, the league would loan as much as $150 million to a team to address new stadium construction, but it is unclear yet whether the NFL's next Collective Bargaining Agreement will contain a similar program. The program had dried up under the last CBA, with the last stadium to benefit from the fund being the New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey. . .that one actually got $300 million because it is shared by the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
It was also announced that a more exact figure for the cost of the roadwork necessary for the Arden Hills area would be revealed on Wednesday.
It's looking less and less likely that anything is going to get done in this session, which ends on Monday. There has not been any word yet on whether or not a special session of the legislature will be called for this matter. It looks likely that there will have to be something for the budget, and although Governor Dayton has said that he would sign a Vikings' stadium bill before any budget legislation, it remains to be seen whether or not that will actually happen.