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November 15, 2012

Dayton: Vikings weren't forthright about seat fees

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More than half of NFL teams charge seat license fees.

Bagley said the team is still in the early stages of analyzing seat license fees, and that any plan would be based on what the local market can support.

"This is not New York or San Francisco," he said.

If the Vikings decide to proceed with a seat-license fee, the final decision on whether to allow it to proceed would likely rest with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a five-member panel created to oversee stadium construction and operations. Its members were appointed by Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who also opposes seat licenses. The governor said he was confident the panel would rein in excessive fees.

And while Dayton was optimistic that the authority and the team could reach a compromise, he again suggested that the issue could be revisited at the Capitol.

"If the authority doesn't act in a way that I think is within the boundaries of propriety, then I have an option to go to the Legislature," Dayton said. "Obviously I'd have to persuade the Legislature, and I'd rather not do that, get involved in all that tangle again."

Dayton said he hoped the Wilfs would realize steep fees might attract ill will.

"They've obviously been very successful developers in New Jersey and that area," Dayton said. "Maybe there's one style of doing business there that's effective. I think there's a different style here that's more straightforward and more mindful of the sensitivities of the community, and the need for good relations with the community."

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