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Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:27 pm
 
WilfBy Josh Katzowitz

The NFL still seems awfully intent on moving a team to Los Angeles, but it sounds like that team won’t be the Minnesota Vikings. That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who reported on NBC’s Football Night in America that the Vikings and Minnesota officials are close to a deal that would keep the team where it’s always been.

This has been a long drawn-out process for the people of Minnesota.

The Vikings have been trying to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, but even though the team, the state and the county all promised money for the stadium, a new facility was about $100 million short. Then, there was talk that a new stadium might be built within the Minneapolis city limits, which would be less expensive but not what the Vikings officials wanted.

The Vikings and L.A.
But considering the Vikings lease with the Metrodome was set to expire (though there was talk that the lease might have contained a clause that would keep the Vikings in their current stadium for another season), it behooved the state to get this deal done.

While owner Zygi Wilf has made it clear he wants to stay in the Minneapolis area, if L.A., with its promise of glitz, glam and a new stadium, puts the full-court press on the Vikings ownership, there’s little question the Vikings would have to listen.

And when you’re listening to somebody who’s trying to woo you, anything can happen.

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Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:00 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Wilf is smart enough to know that LA is not, has not, and will not ever be a football town.  The only way he moves is if the Minnesota state and local gov'ts can't get the job done.


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