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08:27 AM ET 10.02 | Chances are Zygi Wilf will not move the Vikings to the country's second-largest city. Chances are someone else would have to do it. And just might -- if something does not happen soon in Minnesota. While momentum is growing for Los Angeles to build a downtown stadium, patience is waning for the Vikings' owner to get his team a new playground in Arden Hills. Wilf's Metrodome lease expires Feb. 1, and legislation for a new stadium remains stalled in St. Paul. If state lawmakers do not budge in the next few months, Wilf just might wash his hands of Minnesota politics, sell the franchise and try to buy another NFL team because moving to L.A. would be too costly in power and cash, according to two people close to the situation. That could turn Vikings ownership into a free-for-all. It is possible the next owner could try to move the Vikings to Los Angeles.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Zygi Wilf, Icon SMI Zygi Wilf, Icon SMI
October 2, 2011  08:30 AM ET

This is kind of a microcosm of how Congress is handling the budget: warring parties that can't work together for the common good.

October 2, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Yawn.

Al Davis moved to Raiders to LA 30 years ago with promises of a new (or at least greatly upgraded) stadium. He went back to Oakland because it never happened.

Untill LA actually starts to build a stadium, it's nothing more than a bargaining chip for greedy owners to get sweetheart deals in their current locales.

'Nuff said.

October 2, 2011  09:10 AM ET

The Vikings moving to LA would break Count Dooku's heart...

October 2, 2011  09:25 AM ET

As if LA does not have enough problems already.

October 2, 2011  09:31 AM ET

I still believe the Jaguars are a better fit to go to LA. The fans fill the seats in Minny, they don't in Jville.

October 2, 2011  09:59 AM ET

Yes!!!

October 2, 2011  09:59 AM ET

I assume Wilf can afford to build a workplace for his group of multi-millionaire employees that have an average salary of $2M. If not ... he might want to consider paying his employees "only" $1.5M per head so he can afford to build the workplace. What Mr. Wilf should NOT expect is for the average Minneapolis resident (median HH income of $44,478) to pay taxes to subsidize his overpaid employees that make 45X as much, on average.

October 2, 2011  10:09 AM ET

and McNabb isn't helping the cause

October 2, 2011  10:17 AM ET

Jacksonville should be the team to move because Minnesota has great fans.

October 2, 2011  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I assume Wilf can afford to build a workplace for his group of multi-millionaire employees that have an average salary of $2M. If not ... he might want to consider paying his employees "only" $1.5M per head so he can afford to build the workplace. What Mr. Wilf should NOT expect is for the average Minneapolis resident (median HH income of $44,478) to pay taxes to subsidize his overpaid employees that make 45X as much, on average.

^ + 1 ^

October 2, 2011  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I assume Wilf can afford to build a workplace for his group of multi-millionaire employees that have an average salary of $2M. If not ... he might want to consider paying his employees "only" $1.5M per head so he can afford to build the workplace. What Mr. Wilf should NOT expect is for the average Minneapolis resident (median HH income of $44,478) to pay taxes to subsidize his overpaid employees that make 45X as much, on average.

You are leaving out that the owners now get an extra Billion of the top of revenue because they said they needed it for things like new stadiums.
I would never give one tax payer cent to any group that refused to open their books to me. Actually, if Wilf as the owner would take a fifty million dollar cut this year in profits he could afford to up his offer.

October 2, 2011  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jacksonville should be the team to move because Minnesota has great fans.

Yeah, it would put a dagger in their hearts for sure. Heh Heh.

October 2, 2011  10:53 AM ET

Walking in L.A.

October 2, 2011  10:54 AM ET

It would be intersting to see, if the Vikes or Jags move to LA, what the NFL would do with the divisions. LA couldn't be in the NFC North or AFC South. You couldn't move the I guess the Rams could go to the NFC North pretty easily and the Rams-Niners rivalry isn't what it once was. And the Chiefs are the most geographically appropriate fit for the AFC South but then you'd miss the Chiefs rivalries with the Raiders and Broncos, even if they've lost a bit of their luster in recent years.

October 2, 2011  11:50 AM ET

Wilfl and his partners have done everything except build the darn stadium themselves. This is clearly a case where they are in the right this time and the article is right on, Ziggi has done everything including bending over backwards numerous times for the state.
Here's is the crux of where they are at now. Ziggi has found a home for the Vikes (out of the metro area) that affords him parking, shopping and money generating opportunities besides just the Vikes.
Powerful politicians are saying, only in my backyard which means the twin cities location only and are stonewalling a vote to approve funding. Ziggi gets zero parking revenue from a down town location.

October 2, 2011  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Vikings moving to LA would break Count Dooku's heart...

Not at all. but it would piss a lot of people round here off.

Ramsey County's voters don't what to pay for it though taxes, (They had a big meeting there the other night about it.).

Ziggy doesn't want to pay for all of it.

State government is going to drag their heel's on it. because who ever votes for it, is signing their own death warrant.

so it doesn't get done the Vikes move to L.A.

Reality from Minni.

October 2, 2011  12:59 PM ET

They are talking about two team in LA, and Los Angeles Vikings sounds like a certainty. Too bad though. The NFC North/Old NFC Central was built of that Midwest rivalry of Minnesota, Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago. Just like it was weird when Tampa Bay was in the mix, things will be different with Los Angeles in the mix.

October 2, 2011  01:01 PM ET

If the business is so bad that it cannot afford to build a workplace for its owners, they do not need taxpayer help, they need a business partner with more cash. So, the owner should sell a stake in the team to *taxpayers* for every dollar of taxpayer money used to build the stadium. So, if the team is worth $800 million, and they want taxpayers to pay $350 million for the stadium, then the taxpayers should receive 43.75% ownership of the team. Or, if you want to claim that the taxpayers are also getting part of a stadium, fine, then the taxpayers should own, say, 20% of the Vikings.

If I were a taxpayer in Minnesota this is what I would be pushing to make happen. That's how business is supposed to work--not free giveaways to millionaires.

October 2, 2011  01:02 PM ET

Listening to Skins pre-game, sounds like The Rams need to return to LA.

 
October 2, 2011  01:25 PM ET

If they do build the new stadium in East L.A. what would the team colors be?

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