Everybody just calm down. That’s the advice from Vikings vice president Lester Bagley today. “This is not Dallas. This is not New York. This is not San Francisco,” Bagley said. “A lot of people are jumping the gun as to what they’re thinking we would do in a stadium builder’s license program. We’ve not made a decision, the market has to be surveyed and the market will determine. We’re doing our homework. That’s all we’re doing.” Read more

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm Helgen was doing a little damage control today. She spoke on Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit and walked back her agency’s charge, made in a letter from Governor Dayton, to repudiate one-time seat fees at the new Vikings stadium the MSFA is building.

She noted a survey by the Vikings spread some alarm that fans might have to consider a second mortgage to keep their seats at the Vikings games — some of which have been in families since the team started in 1961. Read more

It looks like the Vikings are broaching the very, very touchy subject of personal seat licenses. A story in the Star Tribune says that the team is putting out a survey gaging interest in the practice, which is being used by 17 of the NFL’s 32 teams (although the Packers $3,000 fee isn’t really a seat license in the traditional term, since it has to be turned back to the team for a refund of the selling price. It’s not very personal, as seat licenses go.) Read more

Minnesota Momentum, the “grass roots” campaign run out of Winter Park to help build support for a stadium, has some election advice for Minnesotans. They’ve blasted out an email asking fans to support legislators who voted “Yes” for a stadium when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Here’s their list: SENATORS (district locator information below): Senators, Party and District Thomas Bakk (DFL), 03 | John Pederson (R), 14 Terri Bonoff (DFL), 44 | Roger Reinert (DFL), 07 John Carlson (R), 05 | Ann Rest (DFL), 45 Bobby Champion (DFL), 59* | Julie Rosen (R), 23 Dick Cohen (DFL), 64 Read more