According to reports filed with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the Vikings spent about $115,000 lobbying state lawmakers in the first five months of 2012. Most of the money was from the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development. Lester Bagley led the effort to secure public funding for a new NFL stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
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Governor Mark Dayton informed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday that if they want a stadium plan approved this year, it will have to be built on the current Metrodome site. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are scheduled to meet with Dayton on Wednesday. Lester Bagley, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, says the Wilfs are "extremely frustrated with the situation."
Bagley: 'No point' in filing notice to relocate
Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley says there is "no point" in the team filing a notice of relocation with the NFL. The deadline for such a notice is Wednesday, but Bagley and the Vikings believe they have momentum with state lawmakers to build a new stadium.
Fourth and inches for Vikings stadium
Monday could turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium bill will be voted on in the House. If the vote passes the team will be one step closer to a new stadium. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' chief stadium lobbyist believes a 'yes' vote "is within striking distance."
Vikings to meet next week to explore Minneapolis options, still set on Arden Hills stadium
Vikings officials reaffirmed their commitment to building on an Arden Hills site Tuesday, but agreed to meet with Minneapolis officials next Tuesday to explore stadium options. Team Vice President Lester Bagley says the Vikings want to "stick with the local partner [Arden Hills] that sticks with us.
Vikings VP Lester Bagley: We're near the end
Bagley discussed the status of stadium negotiations with the state and the City of Minneapolis on WCCO Sunday morning. The Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development said the basic economics of the agreement are resolved, but some minor issues remain.
50-50 chance Vikings stadium bill is approved
Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley were on WCCO Sunday morning to weigh in on the future of the Vikings stadium proposal. All three agree the stadium bill has a 50 percent chance of passing both chambers of the legislature before lawmakers plan to adjourn next Monday.
Vikings being courted by unknown city?
Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley says Los Angeles isn't the only city the team could relocate to if a new stadium isn't built in Minnesota. Bagley wouldn't divulge which city is interested, but it has been in contact with the team in the past year.
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