Minnesota lawmakers are denying owners offootball's Vikings exclusive rights to recruit a professionalsoccer club as part of a stadium deal.
The state Senate voted 47-20 on Tuesday to strip out a clausegiving the Vikings five years to establish a major league soccerfranchise before anyone else can. The provision would have let thesoccer team play at a new stadium with no additional rent.Republican lawmakers complained it would give a corporation apublicly endorsed monopoly. Many Democrats sided with them.The Vikings ownership has floated the idea of bringing a soccerexpansion franchise to play in a new stadium during non-footballmonths.
The amendment came about seven hours into Senate debate on theVikings $975 million stadium package.