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Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley tells Minnesota senators today that Minnesota could host a Super Bowl and other major sports events if a new stadium were to replace the Metrodome. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Vikings avoid telling what would happen without stadium lease


ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Vikings vice president did not specifically say today what would happen if state leaders fail to approve a new stadium deal before the team's Metrodome lease expires after this football stadium.

Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, asked Lester Bagley if he was saying the Vikings would leave Minnesota after stadium talks fail.

"Not at all," Bagley said. "What we are just saying that we won't have a lease."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.