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Minnesota Vikings Stadium Update: Gambling-Supported Funding For Stadium Faces Heavy Opposition

The Minnesota Vikings are in a precarious position, indeed. With all kinds of deadlines looming regarding a potential new football stadium and a potential extension for their old football stadium, they're desperate to get a deal done. One of the ideas being worked on by state leaders is potential funding by extended gambling proposals:

Several gambling proposals are being considered as state leaders craft a public financing plan. They range from a downtown Minneapolis casino to slot machines at horse tracks to electronic gambling terminals in bars.

It just seems dirty, doesn't it? It's not, in actuality, but thinking about more casinos and slot machines coming up to support a football team sounds like bad news, according to many Minnesota legislators. One other thing to consider is the fact that the NFL itself might not like the deal ... not sure what exactly they could do to prevent that kind of a proposal picking up steam, but it is another variable.

Republican Sen. David Hann says those are unreliable money streams, or rather, it's a mistake to rely on such streams that depend on problem gamblers and "carry other social costs."

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