The Minnesota Vikings have produced a plan for funding road improvements necessary for their desired new suburban stadium, a piece of the $1.1 billion puzzle unaccounted for in the original proposal.
The Vikings and Ramsey County are asking the state to either issue a bond or an interest-free loan that would cover between $60 million and $81 million, which would be paid back over 30 years through stadium-user-based sales taxes and surchages on items such as tickets, merchandise, concessions and parking. A $20 per car sales excise tax in the county also would go to repaying the money.
Vikings vice president for stadium development and public affairs Lester Bagley revealed the plan in an interview Monday.
NFL, team employees
facing cuts, furloughs
NFL employees have had their salaries trimmed by 12 percent since April, and seven teams have instituted pay cuts or furloughs of workers outside the huddle since the owners' lockout of players began March 12, The Associated Press has found in interviews around the league.
Miami, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Kansas City, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Arizona are the teams known to have slashed payroll.
In all, the number of affected employees who work for either the clubs or the league is likely more than 100. Count Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jeff Pash, the NFL's lead labor negotiator, among them. Their salaries have been reduced to $1 each while the league's labor impasse is unresolved.
Two teams, the Falcons and 49ers, would not comment when asked if they made any cuts, citing privacy issues.
Several team owners, particularly John Mara of the Giants, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, and Jim Irsay of the Colts, have been adamant about avoiding such reductions.
Some teams practicing
Mark Sanchez and his New York Jets teammates are back together again. For a few days, at least.
Sanchez and about 40 other players started practicing at an undisclosed location in New Jersey on Monday, a person with knowledge of the workouts told The Associated Press.
The player-run practices, organized by Sanchez, will go through Wednesday and include offensive and defensive players.
Several NFL teams have gotten together on their own in recent weeks because the players are not allowed to train at team facilities because of the ongoing lockout.
Former player speaks out
Plaxico Burress, released from prison last week after spending nearly two years in jail on a weapon possession charge, will work with the National Urban League and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The 33-year-old former New York Giant and Pittsburgh Steeler said Monday he will be mentored by Magic Johnson and Tony Dungy. He'll volunteer at Urban League youth programs and recruit other pro athletes to the program, and he'll speak out for gun control.
''I'm eager and excited about the next step, not knowing where it will be,'' he said. ''I'm dedicated to change and just being a better person.''
Burress has pledged to devote 30 hours to help fight childhood obesity, promote mental and physical health and fitness, all in keeping with terms of probation.
Burress also will lecture on the dangers of owning or carrying a firearm.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Yankees' Jeter injured
Yankees star Derek Jeter limped out of Monday night's game with a sore right calf in the fifth inning, stalling his pursuit of 3,000 career hits.
There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.
The New York captain looked to be having trouble as soon as he hit a fly to right field in the fifth. He was limping with his first step out of the batter's box - he wasn't totally hobbled, though it was noticeable - and jogged down the line. He touched first base after the ball was caught, returned to the dugout and left the game.
Eduardo Nunez replaced Jeter to start the top of the sixth.
Jeter is trying to become the 28th player in major league history to reach 3,000 career hits, and the first to do it while playing for the Yankees.