Following Wilf revelation, Dayton open to reevaluating Vikes stadium in special session

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Dayton was once the stadium's biggest supporter. What a difference Zygi's unflattering lawsuit (and disastrous e-pulltab revenues) makes.
Mark Dayton is "deeply concerned" about courtroom revelations that Zygi Wilf demonstrated "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking his partners in a New Jersey apartment development out of $51 million.

NOT THE FIRST TIME DAYTON'S THOUGHT TWICE: Dayton's angry letter to Wilfs means "Vikings could be back in play for L.A.," NBC writes

So concerned, in fact, that he at least says he's willing to reevaluate the still-not-finalized Vikings stadium deal in a special session this fall.

Dayton's staff released the following statement from the Governor this morning:
"I am deeply concerned by the Judge's findings that the Wilf family committed fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty; violated New Jersey's civil racketeering statute; and presented untruthful and inaccurate financial statements. Those practices are far from the legal standards for doing business in Minnesota.

The Court's findings pertain to a case that is unrelated to the agreement negotiated last year with the Wilfs and the Vikings. However, since the Stadium Authority has not yet signed the final agreement, I would urge the Board to have its legal counsel assure them and the people of Minnesota that all of the representations made by the team and its owners are truthful and accurate."
Dayton also had some comments about the situation during an appearance at Farmfest in Redwood Falls this morning. Political reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger shared this interesting tidbit: Also this week, it was revealed that e-pulltabs at MSP have generated a total of just $33,586 in revenue so far this year. For the year as a whole, e-pulltabs at MSP bars were expected to generate $3 million. In general, the e-pulltabs expected to fund the state's portion of the nearly $1 billion stadium cost have consistently generated less revenue than expected.

So might Zygi's legal woes give Dayton the political cover he needs to extricate himself and the state from a stadium deal that is proving more problematic than he envisioned? (Assuming one of the "representations made by the team and its owners" doesn't turn out to be as "truthful and accurate" as initially thought.) Frankly, given how far along plans are both for the stadium and for the surrounding area, we doubt it.

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scarboroughashley
scarboroughashley

How stupid of our government to pay anything for a billionaire! Why are we helping out rich people like this?why should a private business get OUR money? Our country has lost it's mind! It has turned into a non-stop giveaway for the wealthy. Socialize cost and privitize profits that should be Wilf's slogan.

John Quast
John Quast

Cheap political grandstanding by the Governor. This case is 21 years old - either he knew about it long before the deal was done, or if he didn't someone in his office should be fired.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Great societies are made up of great people that band together to do great things.  Building a beautiful football stadium gives civic pride.   If you don't want to pay for a football stadium move to South Dakota.  I assure you they will never build any billion dollar football stadiums in South Dakota.  If you want to live in a big city with fun things to do then be happy we have a government that spends money on football stadiums.   Minnesota should spend lots of money on schools, roads, and civic projects.  The Minnesota Vikings makes millions of people happy year long.  Life sucks and its hard.  Personally I'm happy to see the government spend money on making my life better.  It sucks that Ziggy Wilf is going to be even richer because of this but that's why rich people should pay higher taxes.   Great societies do great things.  They still talk about the Colosseum.   Why else be alive if we aren't going to come together and build great things we can be proud off?  Having an NFL team puts Minneapolis on the map and puts us in the national conversation.  Having an NFL team attracts jobs and culture.  It shows we are a big time city with fun things to do.  Learn the lesson of Target Field.  Yeah it sucks the Pohlads are richer but I know I love going to that stadium. 

TC4L
TC4L

Made about 1% of the estimated 3 mill.  Who the hell did their homework on that?  That's beyond a failed attempt.  We don't need a stadium man.  People have a budget.  If they don't spend it on overpriced tickets, drinks, food, and clothing at the stadium, then they'll spend it on something most likely more useful.  Sick of hearing how much money it will bring to downtown and the jobs it will create.  After the construction, the only jobs will be minimum wage jobs.  The only business will be what.  The bars around there which already make money every weekend and a lot are ran by legal scum.  Open a place, get mostly cash, file bankruptcy, open another place.  The average family will either eat at the game or go to a nice restaurant.  But a lot of young drinkers will hit up the clubs.  Not hating on all this.  Just the fact that MN has to pay for so much of it with little return.  None that I've heard or read about at least.

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

Wilf will probably renegotiate the deal, since LA would probably be weary of building a stadium at this point too.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

You can tell Kenny didn't even read the full headline...

Dan Zeug
Dan Zeug

Go Vikings! baaaaarrrrrrrooooooo!!

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Finally, Dayton is concerned about something! Of course he would have sympathy for another billionaire - they tend to stick together.

gaelkf
gaelkf

Can our Governor insist that we go into a business with a racketeer?  Please stop what is obviously "madness".  Let's invest in jobs, and careers, that last for a person's life time, and beyond. 

Liza Siler
Liza Siler

Since the average family can't afford to go to a Vikings game anyway, what purpose is there in allowing shyster Zygi to build this "grand " stadium? He's just bilking Mn. taxpayers, and it certainly won't make the Vikings better players. I hope Dayton puts an end to it.

tazzie3154
tazzie3154

There are worried now Really . I have from the beginning  of the whole thing.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

So...how soon until all the Vikings jerseys hanging in MN closets become "throwback" jerseys?

yourmomshot
yourmomshot

I doubt it too. No pro-stadium MN politician wants to walk through that political gauntlet again.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Nice work Minnesota law makers... That's why you make the billionaires pay for their own crap and if they were to leave oh well. Go Pack!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmannSays football fans.  Everyone else thinks it blows goats.  Teams don't need taxpayer money to build these things.  They just know that they can get it if they rake us over the coals a bit and dangle very abstract, un-quantifiable "benefits" out there.

Fuck them.  Fuck the NFL.  Fuck the Vikings.  I wish they'd moved (not that any city would have them...)

kennyX
kennyX

@MicheleBachmann I love it when pinkboy Libtards talk about how "great societies" are built by stealing money from hard-working people to facilitate more wealth to the 1% (whom these same Libtards hate in the first place). What is even more funny is when these same Libtards state that when Government (AKA tax payers) spends money for these projects, it usually comes from Libtards that don't pay any taxes to begin with. So basically they get to enjoy the fruits of OTHER people's labor. And that is the whole mantra of the DFL party: Steal from the working people to pay for the lifestyles of the rich, while claiming that they are working for the poor. But the funny thing: How many of the poor people will actually be able to afford tickets to the games? Answer: NONE.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ I just don't think you can have a great society if you don't build giant public works.  A stadium brings in tourists and business.   Government needs to take the lead in making Minnesota a great place to live.  Building stadiums, subsidizing the arts, and protecting nature are important jobs for government.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX No one cares what stupid racist kenny thinks.  When you use racial slurs to make your points no one will want to debate with you on any issue.  Fuck off and die you stupid worthless loser. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann So I should just sit quietly and give the millionaires my cash for something that I not only don't care about, but actually actively infuriates me whenever I try to get somewhere downtown on a weekend?

 Fuck that.  My point is that we should have pushed for a better deal and called their bluff.  They weren't going to walk.  NO ONE has expressed any real interest in having them.  They had a LOT more to lose that Minneapolis did.  We should have been the ones dictating the terms and giving them a 'take it or leave it' proposition.  Not the other way around.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@horny4u  Every first world country on Earth is a socialist democracy.   Every rich successful country has a big government that is heavily involved in the education, health, and energy industries.   America is a socialist country.   Politicians and the media pretend we aren't socialist because it would piss off very stupid people like you but we are.  America has become strong and rich thanks to socialist programs like

1)Public schools

2) Social Security

3) Medicare

4) Obamacare

5) Hoover Dam/TVA

6)Interstate/International Highway system

3rd world shitboxes have small weak governments like you like.   Strong governments always bring riches and success.  The richest states are the blue states with strong state governments.  The poorest states are the red states with weak state governments.   You are stupid and easily tricked like all conservatives.  Lucky for America no one listens to old stupid racists like you anymore.  


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_   Then you should run for office and insist on that deal but otherwise you exist in fantasy land.  No local government has gotten that good of a deal with the NFL.  They can put teams in Green Bay and make them profitable so they have lots of leverage.  If you want to be a big time city you need to build stadiums.  If you don't like it move to a smaller city.  You will pay less in taxes and make less money.  Lots of people are happy in Sioux Falls but most people are much happier living in a big city that has high taxes and football stadiums.  That's how the world works.  

horny4u
horny4u

@MicheleBachmann You derelict: Big Government FAILED in the USSR, Cuba, Germany and now most of Europe. Should we follow in the footsteps of Greese? Detroit? My God, you are so fucking stupid and brainwashed by Liberal propaganda, it is not even funny. Just go fucking kill yourself. Do yourself and the rest of society a favor.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann  Fine.  Then make it a PUBLIC stadium.  Mpls gets 40% of ticket sales until we are paid back with interest, and 100% of internal concession profits forever.  Mpls get's the rights to rent it out during the off season for whatever purpose and retains 100% of the profits from such agreements.

 I'll get behind that.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You lose in every post. The Good Side thanks you for your continuing support.

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