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House overhauls Vikings bill, risking deal

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May 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota House is putting a negotiated Vikings stadium deal in doubt.

Lawmakers voted Monday to scale back the state's contribution for the $975 million stadium and require the team to put in more money.

The Vikings would have to put in $105 million more than in the package that was negotiated by the governor, key lawmakers, the Minneapolis mayor and the team. The Vikings would also have to share proceeds from naming rights for the stadium with the state and city of Minneapolis.

A plan to pay the state's share through a gambling expansion survived an attempt to remove it.

Supporters are warning that the team is likely to leave Minnesota if the stadium deal doesn't go through this year.

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