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Vikings threaten suit over soccer games in U.S. Bank stadium

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
U.S. Bank Stadium

The Vikings stadium deal is a gift that just keeps on giving. The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson reports: “The owners of the Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise the Minnesota United are in talks about playing games at U.S. Bank Stadium — and it has left the stadium’s primary tenant, the Minnesota Vikings, crying foul and threatening to sue. … United owners and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), which manages the $1.1 billion building, have been in discussions about an exhibition game — and perhaps more — at the stadium. But the Vikings say they are being shut out of the discussions in violation of state law and the stadium’s use agreement.”

A look at the economy’s winners and losers from the Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery and Brian Edwards : “The story of Minnesota’s economy in recent years has been similar to the national story: steady but slow growth. The state hasn’t suffered a recession — but it hasn’t boomed, either. … But that steady growth hasn’t been spread evenly over Minnesota’s 5.4 million people. For every group or economic sector that’s had good times lately, there’s another that’s been struggling.”

Yeah, let’s keep these people happy. REUTERS’ Allison Lampert and Jeffrey Dastin report: “Delta Air Lines … pilots on Thursday agreed to a new contract that delivers a 30 percent pay raise by 2019, as the aviation industry deals with mounting demand for higher wages to fly planes at a time of big profits. … Delta’s pilots last year rejected a tentative contract deal that would have increased wages but cut profit sharing in certain cases. The new contract, backed by 82 percent of pilots at the No. 2 U.S. airline by traffic who voted on ratification, keeps existing gains on profit sharing, according to Delta’s unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). … The Delta contract, a four-year deal retroactive to the beginning of this year, could have a snowball effect for higher pay in the industry when the next round of bargaining between pilots and top U.S. airlines gets underway in 2019.”

Medical marijuana expanded … a tiny bit. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is being added to the list of conditions covered by Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, effective next August. … The expansion, announced Thursday by Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger, adds an option for the estimated 8 percent of Minnesotans who, at some point in their lives, will suffer PTSD, a condition that can cause people to relive the emotion of traumatic experiences through panic attacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. … Minnesotans also petitioned to add arthritis, depression and six other conditions, but Ehlinger said the research to date didn’t support the others as strongly.

In other news…

We’re used to it: “Bob Dylan Is Blowin’ Everybody Off, but Minnesotans Don’t Mind” [Wall Street Journal]

Cool: “Hear Dessa’s contribution to the mega-hyped ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ ” [City Pages]

Come on, people: “Christmas tree stolen from Lakeside yard” [Duluth News Tribune]

Welcome to Minnesota: “Meet Adrian Heath: Minnesota United FC’s new head coach” [The Growler]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by David LaPorte on 12/03/2016 - 10:21 am.

    Sour grapes

    It seems unlikely that the soccer games would interfere with Vikings operations, since the seasons have little overlap. The US Bank stadium has been rented for many other activities, so why not a limited number (possibly just one) soccer games? It’s seems likely that the Wilf’s are still in a snit because the McGuire group got the MLS team that the Wilf’s wanted.

    The Wilf’s would be well-advised to share, unless they’ve got credible business reasons for not doing so. The taxpayers covered half the cost of the new stadium while the willy Wilfs “covered” most of their half with the sale of naming rights and seat license fees to season ticket holders. The Wilfs got a billion dollar stadium while investing very little of their own money.

    Governor Dayton sold this as the “People’s Stadium”. A lawsuit by the Wilfs would be a bold contradiction, making a strong statement that it is THEIR stadium, not the people’s. If the Wilfs don’t want to make more enemies, they should accept the income from renting the stadium to the United and not throw a temper tantrum.

  2. Submitted by David Mendes on 12/17/2016 - 09:32 am.

    We will see

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