With the Vikings finally managing to pit two local governments against each other in the contest to host the team’s new stadium, the franchise is playing the situation perfectly.
By feigning disinterest.
“The Minnesota Vikings appreciate Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Ramsey County for their participation in serious discussions regarding a new stadium for the team, our fans and the State of Minnesota over the last several months,” the team said in a press release, without acknowledging the fact that Hennepin County has declared itself out. “Today the Vikings want to thank the City of Minneapolis for bringing forward a proposal to replace the Metrodome. Team officials first saw a broad outline of this plan late last week. The Vikings were not involved in developing the specifics of this proposal and have not agreed to any of the financing elements. While we have concerns about provisions within the City’s proposal, the team will examine it in further detail and respond accordingly.”
In others words, “Guys, you’ll have to do better than this to top Ramsey County.”
That said, the Vikings shouldn’t be too coy. At a time when the project finally is making progress, the worst thing the team could do is play too hard to get.