The old G-3 stadium fund dried up in 2006. However, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told me last week about another way the league can help pay for stadiums. Here's a portion of Aiello's email to me:
"Teams can apply for some financing through the league via a club seat waiver approved by the clubs, whereby the portion of club seat revenue that would otherwise go to the visiting team goes instead to help finance the stadium for a period of time."
I don't know how much that would generate, but it would be a way for the other 31 teams to help the Vikings replace the Metrodump. While owners aren't thrilled to part with their visiting club-seat cut, they probably would make more in the long run because a new stadium would generate more club-seat revenue that the Metrodump.
There's also the possibility that a successor program to the G-3 fund could be part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Aiello said.
With the lockout sucking the news out of the league, the NFL Network's weekly countdown of the top 100 current NFL players gets a lot of action as a talking point. This week's topic is Tony Romo at No. 72.
Anybody else feel that's too generous for Tony? Anybody else feel maybe Tony isn't even in the top 100? I'm not saying he's a bad QB. Overrated? Perhaps.
Kevin Mawae, president of the disbanded NFLPA, told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the owners and players are no closer to an agreement than they were in March.
Duh. Why would the sides be any closer with all the lawyers and federal judges standing between them?
The only way to get closer is for the owners to end the lockout and the players to drop the lawsuit. Unfortunately, there isn't enough trust on either side for that to happen.
So we all sit and wait for the hearings, appeals and more hearings to continue.
Teams have been at a standstill this offseason, but somehow the Bears have moved ahead of the Packers as the best team in the NFC. So says Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
"I think we're the best team in our conference," Urlacher told the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal.
Didn't the Bears and Packers just settle that issue at Soldier Field about four months ago?