Fox News reports that the Minnesota Vikings stadium deal was brought back from the brink on Friday following a visit from the NFL commissioner.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell visited the capitol on Friday to voice his support for the stadium plan and keeping the Vikings in Minneapolis. After his visit a senate committee approved the deal in an 8-6 vote.
"We think it was a very productive session today," Goodell told Fox. "Obviously, I think our presence here is a signal how important it is to the National Football League that the Minnesota Vikings continue to be here in this community and be successful. We believe that after many, many years the time has come to pass legislation, to move forward."
KARE 11 reports that although the stadium plan was initially approved by a House committee, the plan died in front of a Government Operations panel last week. This makes the senate all the more crucial in the coming week.
"I still think the odds are against it at this point, but again, in the last week strange things can happen in terms of momentum, in terms of how things shift," Hamline University Political Science Professor David Schultz told KARE 11.