|The optimism for a new stadium in Minnesota might be premature. (Getty Images)|
On Sunday night, a report emerged that the Vikings were close to a new stadium deal in Minnesota. The celebration of that Christmas miracle appears to have been premature.
That's because on Monday, the Vikings specifically denied the report from Sports Illustrated's Peter King about a potential new deal.
|The Vikings and L.A.|
"The Vikings took note of Peter King's optimism last night and today about the prospects for a new stadium," Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson tweeted on Monday afternoon. "While we continue to work hard on a stadium solution in Minnesota, there is no agreement imminent. The lease expires after the season, we are encouraged by positive discussions and we remain hopeful a resolution will be reached in Minnesota."
It's a bit surprising to see the Vikings go straight at King's report, but it's certainly not surprising to see plenty of public leverage being thrown around by the sides on this stadium issue.
We saw this recently when the Vikings told Congress that two "mystery cities" emerged as possible destinations for the team and we're probably seeing it now, as optimism about a stadium deal getting done could put a damper on any leverage that the team has in negotiating a new deal.
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