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Updated: November 13th, 2012 3:15pm
Vikings 'disappointed' in governor's letter, which missed key points

Vikings 'disappointed' in governor's letter, which missed key points

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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It didn't take the Minnesota Vikings long to respond to Gov. Mark Dayton's harshly worded letter with a letter of their own.

The team on Tuesday afternoon released a statement pointing out what was written here earlier -- that the stadium bill Dayton signed in to law himself expressly accounted for "stadium builder's licenses" to which to governor's letter rejected.

Here's the full text of the statement:

The Minnesota Vikings greatly appreciate Governor Mark Dayton's support for the new multi-purpose stadium for the Vikings and the State of Minnesota. However, we are disappointed by his recent letter to the team, which does not recognize a key component of the stadium agreement struck by the Vikings, State and Local leaders this past spring.

The stadium bill, and the prior term sheet, that was negotiated with the Vikings over the last two legislative sessions by the Governor's own representatives and legislative leaders, includes provisions that expressly authorize the sale of stadium builder's licenses and include the proceeds of any sale in the project budget. Stadium builder's licenses were vetted by the Legislature, testified to by Vikings and State of Minnesota negotiators, and most importantly, specifically reflected in the stadium legislation that was passed and signed by the Governor.

The Vikings look forward to discussing this issue and moving forward with the agreement that was completed after many long years of effort.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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