Memo to Leiweke: Why any more thoughts of the Vikings moving to L.A.’s Farmers Field look more bad than Goodell


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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference at the governors residence in St. Paul, Minn., today with Gov. Mark Clayton, left.

By The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said after meeting today with Gov. Mark Dayton and supporters of a Minnesota Vikings stadium that the league will contribute financially to its construction, and that he believes efforts to get the facility built are ensuring the team’s future in the state.

“I think the commitment here is to get something done and I think that will ensure the success of the Vikings,” said Goodell, after he was asked if he could envision a scenario where the team would leave Minnesota.

The NFL commissioner met early in the morning at the governor’s residence with Dayton, legislators sponsoring the stadium bill and state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel to talk about the team’s partnership with Ramsey County to build a $1.1 billion stadium in suburban Arden Hills.

Goodell would not reveal how much the league would kick in, saying he would release more details in the next few days. As part of its deal with Ramsey County, the Vikings pledged to pay $407 million, about 39 percent of the total project cost.

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