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NFL commish, Minn. governor talk stadium urgency

By Jon Krawczynski

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 20 2012 11:30 a.m. MDT

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, arrive at the Minnesota State Capitol to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers in a push for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium Friday, April 20, 2012 in St. Paul, Minn. Unidentified man at left is Vikings security.

Jim Mone,File, Associated Press

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Minnesota legislators need to act this year to approve a new publicly financed stadium for the Vikings.

Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney met with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders in the Minnesota capital St. Paul on Friday. Dayton says the urgency of the situation was underscored by the fact that the two men took time out just a week before the NFL draft.

The Vikings will play at the Metrodome next season even though the team's lease has expired. But Dayton and many fans fear the team could move as soon as next year if it doesn't get a new stadium.

Goodell says no threats were made during Friday's meeting. But he says the Vikings are frustrated and the league is concerned.

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