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Wilf not fazed by L.A. progress, says Arden Hills stadium deal is close

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With AEG moving closer toward getting an NFL stadium built in L.A. and needing only a NFL team (or two) to play there, the Vikings have drawn plenty of attention as a potential tenant in the to-be-built venue.

And for good reason.  When their Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season, the Vikings will be free agents, able to move anywhere with no financial ramifications.

Asked about the situation in L.A., Wilf said (via Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune), “[W]e’ve got momentum here in Arden Hills.”

Both Wilf and team V.P. of stadium wrangling Lester Bagley said that a deal for a new stadium is close.  They are hopeful that a special session of the Minnesota Legislature will be called in the fall for the purposes of finalizing a project that would be financed both publicly and privately.

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  1. medtxpack says: Aug 10, 2011 5:12 PM

    close doesnt work in the NFL, the Dolphins were close to getting Orton, that didnt work. Cowboys were close to signing the FA gem, that didnt happen. Only guarantee in MN is that it will be cold and the Vikings wont win the division….pack your bags folks, yall are moving…

  2. savannahrose44 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:13 PM

    Aren’t they putting the cart before the horse here…

  3. contra74 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:14 PM

    There is no reason to be fazed. The stadium wont be ready until 2015 if the deal goes through. The Vikings will surely seal a deal with MN long before 2015. Any other claims of “Vikings to LA” is just pure ignorance.

  4. tombradysponytail says: Aug 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    You’ve got momentum do you? If you hadn’t stabbed Anoka County in the back, you’d be six months in on the construction of your new stadium.

  5. jacunn2000 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    Ice fishing is fun. Have at it Viking fan.

  6. slatetundra07 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    Obviously the guy isn’t going to come right out and say…”of course, we’re planning on leaving town.”

    LA needs another purple/yellow team…that way, they’ll finally turn it into a winning franchise.

  7. zn0rseman says: Aug 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    Wilf has no ties to Minnesota.
    Wilf can make a lot more money in LA.
    The NFL doesn’t want a team in Minnesota for labor legal reasons.
    They aren’t building that stadium in LA to sit empty.
    The Minnesota government is broke.
    Wilt has had discussions with the group building the LA stadium.

    It’s a done deal.

  8. vikesorgtfo says: Aug 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    Zygi is a smart man. He knows there’s a solid fan base in MN that sells out every game. L.A. has lost teams before from not having a fan base like that. A team that is struggling to gain support or sell out games will be the team to move there, not the Vikings.

  9. purpleguy says: Aug 10, 2011 5:21 PM

    It’s not news that the Vike’s won’t be moving if anyone has paid attention to what’s going on with the Vikes and the legislature. However, there are some things that can be guaranteed, including: LA huffing and puffing over a market that doesn’t care about football, and the usual posters (almost always cheesers) spouting off the brain-dead Vikes to LA chant.

  10. comeonnowguys says: Aug 10, 2011 5:23 PM

    So are the Rams are moving to the NFC North when the Vikings move out west?

  11. rtl1984 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    Why should L.A. have another shot at an NFL team? Why not another city? They’ve already had two teams.

  12. packattack1967 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    i recall these stories when I used to cover the Baltimore Colts

  13. rodgerthat says: Aug 10, 2011 5:25 PM

    Yeah I dont really get this whole AEG LA stadium talk. First of all I would be extremely surprised if Minnesota would let the Vikings leave. And as a Packer fan very disappointed because all we would have left to talk smack with is the bears. And secondly, if they are going to spend 1.2 bill on a stadium shouldn’t you actually have a team in place to put in there. The whole if we build it they will come seems a little pompous and if i am sitting in the NFL offices in NY i would be a little ticked.

  14. melsharpels71 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:26 PM

    But Zygi, “the mock up of LA stadium has purple seats.Vikings are moving there!

    an exact quote from a retarded packer fan I work with….

    People wonder why we pick on Wisconsin so much.

  15. scarab21 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    hey contra..

    if they move with LA, then they will play in a different stadium in LA while Farmers field is being built. they will play in the rose bowl or the coliseum until Farmers field is done.. this has been written in MANY articles.

    ignorance huh.. well you sir are the ignorant one.

  16. percychuggs says: Aug 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    The Vikings aren’t moving anywhere. The NFL would much rather see Jacksonville, San Diego, or Buffalo move to LA than Minnesota, a top 20 media market, and a team with 50 years of history in the NFL. The fact that their lease is up with the Metrodome means nothing.

  17. juliusanonymous says: Aug 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    Can you imagine if Al Davis sold the Raiders to AEG and they moved back to LA? Talk about a win-win… Raiders fans might actually start attending games again .

  18. awestcave says: Aug 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    There is no reason to be fazed. The stadium wont be ready until 2015 if the deal goes through. The Vikings will surely seal a deal with MN long before 2015. Any other claims of “Vikings to LA” is just pure ignorance.

    ———————————————

    This is a great thing to remember as there is literally nowhere else to play football in the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan area.

  19. novajoemicmac says: Aug 10, 2011 5:30 PM

    The economy is in the toilet and some uber-rich guys think a failed NFL market is miraculously going to support TWO teams?

  20. glac1 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:34 PM

    Good one. See ya in LA!

  21. thephantomstranger says: Aug 10, 2011 5:34 PM

    The only thing that needs to be figured out is how the state is going to come up with the $300 million they promised. The ideas they’re floating now are not going to cut it. Figure that out and the deal is done. I expect a special session to be called in September and construction to begin next spring. Sorry, haters.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:35 PM

    Yeah, because, in the worst economy in 80 years, the city/state of Minnesota needs to use public funding on a stadium. Didn’t they just elect a bunch of Conservatives to their state legislature? Or do they compromise their principles where football is concerned?

    Wilf is just using LA to try and get Minnehaha to cough up more money for his stadium. If it doesn’t work, LA gets a team.

  23. thephantomstranger says: Aug 10, 2011 5:36 PM

    My sources are telling me that the Chargers are a lock to move to LA. They need a new stadium and they aren’t even talking about it there. At least the fans will still be able to follow them on TV every week, so it won’t be a huge difference for them.

  24. dbellina says: Aug 10, 2011 5:37 PM

    Zygi, Zaggi, Zygi, Zaggi, oi, oi, oi!

  25. contra74 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:41 PM

    zn0rseman says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:19 PM
    Wilf has no ties to Minnesota.
    Wilf can make a lot more money in LA.
    The NFL doesn’t want a team in Minnesota for labor legal reasons.
    They aren’t building that stadium in LA to sit empty.
    The Minnesota government is broke.
    Wilt has had discussions with the group building the LA stadium.

    It’s a done deal.
    ————————–
    Let me help you out –
    zn0rseman says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:19 PM
    Wilf has no ties to Minnesota.
    Wilf can make a lot more money in LA.
    The NFL doesn’t want a team in Minnesota for labor legal reasons.
    They aren’t building that stadium in LA to sit empty.
    The Minnesota government is broke.
    Wilt has had discussions with the group building the LA stadium.

    It’s a done deal.
    —————————-
    Let me help you out –

    Wilf has no ties to Minnesota. (Neither do the majority of professional sports team owners so whats your point?)
    Wilf can make a lot more money in LA. (also NYC – both cities have higher incomes than most of the rest of the country but unfortunately the cost of living is high as well)
    The NFL doesn’t want a team in Minnesota for labor legal reasons. (can you cite a source? OH, you work for the NFL!? Sorry, didnt know you had the inside track on all things NFL)
    They aren’t building that stadium in LA to sit empty. (Only a fool would do that. Speaking of fools – you do know that stadium isnt being built right now right?)
    The Minnesota government is broke. (So is the United State government – next obvious statement please.)
    Wilt has had discussions with the group building the LA stadium. (True but the people he spoke with are also the same people that built the LA Live complex across the street from the Staples Center in LA. Wilk wanted input and advice on how to build a similar complex next to a new stadium in MN)

    It’s a done deal. (No, its not. You failed and you failed miserably).

  26. Soulman45 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:41 PM

    The plan is to play in the Rose Bowl till the new stadium is ready.
    I don’t like the idea why have a left over team that have won nothing and is not going to win anything soon.
    MN. keep your team BUILD BUILD BUILD.
    THEY ARE NOT WON’T ON THE WEST COAST

  27. packfannchitown says: Aug 10, 2011 5:42 PM

    The L.A. Vikings will still suck…

  28. depotnator says: Aug 10, 2011 5:46 PM

    If the Vikes move to LA, the league should schedule back to back home and away games between LA / GB and LA / Bears in December- starting in LA. Winner gets the Pneumonia Cup.

  29. kingjoe1 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:47 PM

    WIlf knows the VIkes would be in limbo for at least 2 years before the new stadium would be ready so that can’t be good for a fan base. Wilf knows his best financial option is to stay in Minn. and get a new deal.

    In the end only a few teams are real options for LA; Buffalo, Jacksonville, St Louis and Panthers.

    I lean towards the first two, with the Bills quickly making the jump if their owner passes.

  30. rcunningham says: Aug 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    I have no idea why people would wish for another team to be moved. I would never wish that on any team. Not even the Packers.

  31. teambringitstrong says: Aug 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    All these yahoos with their (opinions) ‘LA already lost 2 teams’ or’ ‘LA’ [people don’t care about football’ are just another form of birthers.
    FACT: Al Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland strictly for marketing. He had NO intention of keeping the franchise in LA.
    FACT: Carroll Rosemblum’s widow, was a native of St. Louis. First opportuinity she snatched the franchise out and took them to St Louis. The people of LA love football, that’s why they travel 400 miles to Oakland and San Francisco and 100 miles to San Diego to see the NFL.

  32. fmwarner says: Aug 10, 2011 5:56 PM

    Zygi’s right.

    The obvious choice to move is the Bills. Not to be insensitive, but Ralph Wilson is in his 90s. His will states that the team will be sold upon his death instead of passed on to his heirs. If he dies before the deal for an LA team is made, it’s the perfect storm for a Bills move.

    If Ralph lives to 110, my best guess is the Jaguars. Bills never have to worry about selling tickets.

  33. radrntn says: Aug 10, 2011 5:57 PM

    Al will sue anybody including NFL if another teams moves there, which brings up the whole “antitrust” lawsuit again……

  34. dogsweat1 says: Aug 10, 2011 6:00 PM

    Hmmmmmm.

    A free venue in the second largest market, where the Vikings value will triple.

    Marketing wise “Los Angeles” Vikings gear will sky rocket in sales and be seen all around the globe.

    A place where the Vikings can play out doors in 70 degree weather all season.

    OR.

    Stay in a small market where the value will be very poor.

    And a venue that Wilf will have to contribute his precious funds, where the Vikings will play in zero degree weather.

    ?

  35. upperdecker19 says: Aug 10, 2011 6:02 PM

    “rodgerthat says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:25 PM
    And secondly, if they are going to spend 1.2 bill on a stadium shouldn’t you actually have a team in place to put in there.”

    AEG won’t break ground until they have a minority ownership interest in a team (just as they do w/ the Lakers/Staples Center). With the minority interest in the team, they’d also have the guarantee of a move. Local rumors are that any team committing to LA will play a year or two in the Rose Bowl. An old, outdated stadium, but fun place to tailgate.

    Further, I’d like to congratulate the powers that be in Minnesota as the only municipality that I can think of that makes the L.A. City Council look efficient and proactive.

  36. themanchine says: Aug 10, 2011 6:08 PM

    Option A:
    Jaguars move to LA, and major realignment will occur.

    AFC East
    Buffalo, NYJ, NE, Balt

    AFC North
    Indy, Pitt, Clev, Cincy

    AFC South
    Miami, Tenn, Houston, KC

    AFC West
    LA Jags, SD, Oak, Den

    Option B:
    San Diego moves to LA and no realignment

  37. jimmysee says: Aug 10, 2011 6:12 PM

    So why does this feel so much like the vote of confidence a head coach receives a week before he’s fired?

  38. granadafan says: Aug 10, 2011 6:15 PM

    You guys have no clue. LA “lost” two teams because of greedy owners, not because they had no support. The Raiders were Oakland’s team anyways, and the Rams played in the LA Coliseum and in Anaheim because Georgia Frontiere wanted to hit the Orange Country market and the Coliseum was too big (100K seats). She also intentionally ran the team into the ground.

  39. anthonydilweg says: Aug 10, 2011 6:18 PM

    Hopefully the new stadium deal goes through for the vikes. It would suck not having them in the NFC North. I like the packer/vikes games, its a great rivalry. No Fan base that fills up the stadium deserves to lose their team.

    Here’s hoping that the NFC North stays the way it is for a long time!

  40. dogsweat1 says: Aug 10, 2011 6:21 PM

    BTW

    Of course Wilf would say positive things about the Vikings staying in Minnesota.

    The Vikings have one more season in Minnesota-via lease.

    Wilf and the Vikings would lose tons of money via tickets and merchandise-if he had positive things to say about the Vikings moving to Los Angeles.

    It’s a smart (Politician) type move.

  41. seabreezes51 says: Aug 10, 2011 6:40 PM

    That L.A. is sure a poachin’ town

  42. jamie54 says: Aug 10, 2011 6:41 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:36 PM
    My sources are telling me that the Chargers are a lock to move to LA. They need a new stadium and they aren’t even talking about it there. At least the fans will still be able to follow them on TV every week, so it won’t be a huge difference for them.

    Oh, your sources? Could that be, oh, almost any story on a San Diego website these days since that’s all that makes sense? “Your sources” HAH, that is rich.

  43. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 10, 2011 7:03 PM

    WILF is a developer he does not want to have someone bulid for him. He bought the vikings knowing they need a venue. He wants his name all over it! He did not buy the team to move it!!! But all you packer turds allready know this right right. But then again you can’t fix stupid. Hear that carlswalloworspit.

  44. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 10, 2011 7:20 PM

    rtl1984 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:24 PM
    Why should L.A. have another shot at an NFL team? Why not another city? They’ve already had two teams.
    ————————————————–
    Is this a serious question? How about over 15,000,000 people? That’s triple the entire population of Minnesota. L.A. should have “another shot” because it’s the second largest metropolitan area in the country and it wouldn’t make any sense fiscally to go to another market. What city would deserve another team? Las Vegas? Salt Lake City? Oklahoma City? Give me a break. Anyone who thinks the NFL would even entertain giving another city an franchise is either crazy or just plain stupid.

    P.S. for all you uninformed sheep who want to say that L.A. couldn’t keep a team and therefore doesn’t deserve another one, were Houston or Cleveland any more deserving of getting a team back in their own home town when the Oilers and the Browns left? Please explain how either of those situations are different from what happened to L.A. in 1994. (I’ll give you a hint, it has little to nothing to do with fan support).

  45. cosanostra71 says: Aug 10, 2011 7:30 PM

    there’s still a chance

    and I think it’s funny that people think teams left LA because of attendance.

    I’ll give you a tip: google Georgia Frontiere.

  46. dtrb10 says: Aug 10, 2011 7:43 PM

    Zigi is a man of his word. He will not move this team! We have an awesome fan base and the plans for this stadium are freaking aweome. What puzzles me is why all the Packer fans would want the Vikings to move? They just have nothing better to do than to troll these posts.

  47. tatum064 says: Aug 10, 2011 7:45 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:34 PM
    The only thing that needs to be figured out is how the state is going to come up with the $300 million they promised. The ideas they’re floating now are not going to cut it. Figure that out and the deal is done. I expect a special session to be called in September and construction to begin next spring. Sorry, haters.
    ================================
    Wouldnt be too sure of that. The Governor of the State, Jerry Brown is a fiscal conservative, but the one thing L.A. has going for it is ad revenue from the area…it could sell itself for a little while, and Staples Center really developed the whole area. It will be an economic infusion down in L.A., but much depends on a “special session” – it will be very difficult to get public financing….if it was privately financed the way AT&T Park was, it would be a different story altogether.

  48. theytukrjobs says: Aug 10, 2011 8:24 PM

    I guarantee you the #1 all time most posted comment on pft is some variation of “vikes to LA”.

    If the Vikings do get a stadium deal this year, while still under contract, it would mean that the team officially never for one second had the opportunity to leave.

    Yet the assertation that they will indeed leave will still be the most ever used post in PFT history.

    I think this basically defines pft in general and more specifically those who dislike the Vikings so rigorously.

  49. cosanostra71 says: Aug 10, 2011 8:30 PM

    @tatumo

    he’s referring to the Minnesota situation.

    Farmers Field itself would be largely privately financed (and potentially entirely privately financed- I’m not quite sure), with most public money going to the new Convention Center. I don’t think it will be very difficult to get that public money because the Convention Center upgrade is extremely necessary. The fact that LA loses out on a lot of large conventions to Long Beach is sad and needs to be changed.

  50. alonestartexan says: Aug 10, 2011 8:40 PM

    Purple and Gold team from Minnesota moving to Los Angeles…

    Haven’t we heard this one before ?

  51. oxnardcalif says: Aug 10, 2011 9:00 PM

    kill two birds with one tortilla,,,,,the NFL wants badly to have a team in a foreign land…the next expansion team is given to LA…thus the Los Angeles Mexicanos are born…..brilliant!!!!!

  52. kmossg says: Aug 10, 2011 9:00 PM

    Chargers
    Rams
    Ravens
    Broncos
    Steelers
    Bengals
    Browns
    Chiefs
    Panthers
    Colts
    Saints
    Bills
    Cardinals
    Packers

    What do all these teams have in common?

    They all play in SMALLER markets than the Vikings. Stop with the small market crap please.

  53. 12is3times4 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:09 PM

    No wonder Wilf isn’t fazed. He obviously saw Casey Wasserman’s statement the other day that the LA City Council’s support of Farmer’s Field “is another victory in our effort to bring professional football to Los Angeles.”

    Note the operative phrase, “professional football.” That clearly rules out the Vikings.

  54. alonestartexan says: Aug 10, 2011 9:23 PM

    @ kmossg,

    It’s not about the market, It’s about the stadium.

    It’s sad when the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Twins can get a stadium and not the Vikings..

  55. kmossg says: Aug 10, 2011 9:33 PM

    @alonestartexan

    Yeah, I realize that, just rebuffing all the people saying how small the market is. It just comes down to bad timing, the Twins and Gophers just built new stadiums, and it worked out that the dome lease is ending now as well. Doesn’t help that the whole US economy is in the toilet. Hard for any state to take on three full stadium constructions in that short of time bad economy or not.

  56. seewise says: Aug 10, 2011 9:41 PM

    medtxpack ok, just wanted to get your name. taking names. i will crush down on you soon. thanks. what a hater.

  57. therealfranchise says: Aug 10, 2011 9:44 PM

    Ive said it before, and I will say it again:

    The one factor people seem to forget when they say “Pack it up, the Vikings are moving to L.A.”

    WILF ISNT GOING TO SHARE PROFITS!

    The only way the Vikings will move is if Wilf sells the team. He knows a deal in MN is close, will be the sole benefactor when everything is done, and knows he can make MUCH more money in MN than selling the team.

    The group in L.A are already putting up a billion for the stadium, and it will cost AT LEAST another 750 mill to purchase the team.

    Think thats gonna happen?

    I doubt it.

  58. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 10, 2011 9:45 PM

    Vikings fans,

    Let’s get 1 thing perfectly clear! I am a die hard Vikings fan through and through. But, and here is the but, We are in no way shape or form in the clear yet! There is a special session to make discussions on a new deal! Here are the facts:

    1- Wilfs have upped their ante to $400million
    2- State is scheduled for $350 million
    3- with Arden Hills we are looking at an Additional $150-$200million for roads and sewer and traffic relay.
    A- Minnesota is way broke and unfortunately we are the top 1% smartest state(based on 2011) figures. State taxpayers are Not in support of paying the difference.
    So, there is alot at stake and right now it’s most important to get involved, call your legislators and show your support.
    Losing the team is a REAL possibility!
    Don’t pretend Ziggy has the MN fans best interest in mind????
    He cares about 1 thing and that is Money! He is a billionaire. You don’t become one from doing charity work or doing the right thing!
    Show your support, Skoal!

  59. seewise says: Aug 10, 2011 9:47 PM

    dogsweat1, who is dogsweat? your NOT really in touch are you? Vick fan?

  60. seewise says: Aug 10, 2011 9:51 PM

    PFT is depressing.

  61. briskbiscuit says: Aug 10, 2011 10:00 PM

    If the Jaguars move to L.A. will they get a new nickname, i.e. Bentleys? Jaguars are sooooo 1990s :)

  62. kingtrukr says: Aug 10, 2011 10:18 PM

    I get that football is a business but the idea of just being able to rip a team away from a good and supportive fan base without a care in the world is total BS. The city where a team resides IS that team’s identity. Hence the city’s name being the first part of the team’s name. If LA wants and deserves a franchise, expand the market and don’t alienate an entire geographic area and destroy a loyal bunch of fans. The LA Vikings? Sorry, but it doesn’t have much of a ring to it. All time LA Vikings greats Fran Tarkenton and Alan Page? I don’t think so.

  63. dd393 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:38 PM

    Gotta hand it to Zygi. He’s really doing his best to keep his team in Minnesota. If this works out it will be in spite of everyone else.

  64. thephantomstranger says: Aug 11, 2011 1:05 AM

    jamie54 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 6:41 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:36 PM
    My sources are telling me that the Chargers are a lock to move to LA. They need a new stadium and they aren’t even talking about it there. At least the fans will still be able to follow them on TV every week, so it won’t be a huge difference for them.

    Oh, your sources? Could that be, oh, almost any story on a San Diego website these days since that’s all that makes sense? “Your sources” HAH, that is rich.
    __________

    Noooo! I heard some guy on the radio say it. It sounded smart so I went with it.

  65. thephantomstranger says: Aug 11, 2011 1:07 AM

    tatum064 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:45 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 5:34 PM
    The only thing that needs to be figured out is how the state is going to come up with the $300 million they promised. The ideas they’re floating now are not going to cut it. Figure that out and the deal is done. I expect a special session to be called in September and construction to begin next spring. Sorry, haters.
    ================================
    Wouldnt be too sure of that. The Governor of the State, Jerry Brown is a fiscal conservative, but the one thing L.A. has going for it is ad revenue from the area…it could sell itself for a little while, and Staples Center really developed the whole area. It will be an economic infusion down in L.A., but much depends on a “special session” – it will be very difficult to get public financing….if it was privately financed the way AT&T Park was, it would be a different story altogether.
    _____________

    I was talking about Minnesota, not California.

    Jerry Brown is a fiscal conservative? I guess everything is relative so it may seem that way in California.

  66. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 11, 2011 3:19 AM

    kingtrukr says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:18 PM
    I get that football is a business but the idea of just being able to rip a team away from a good and supportive fan base without a care in the world is total BS. The city where a team resides IS that team’s identity. Hence the city’s name being the first part of the team’s name. If LA wants and deserves a franchise, expand the market and don’t alienate an entire geographic area and destroy a loyal bunch of fans. The LA Vikings? Sorry, but it doesn’t have much of a ring to it. All time LA Vikings greats Fran Tarkenton and Alan Page? I don’t think so.

    ————————————————–Kinda like what happened to L.A. in 1994 when there were not one, but two teams ripped away from this city? You pretty much just made the case for why a team should come back to L.A. Also if you knew anything about the NFL’ s stance toward expansion then you wouldn’t be making this argument. There is no way that they would create an expansion team. Someone it moving, it just remains to be seen who it is going to be

  67. longcutskolvikes says: Aug 11, 2011 1:39 PM

    It’s my humble opinion that as of right now the Vikings are the least likely of the teams rumored to be moving the LA to move there. First of all, there has been more progress made in the last six months towards a new stadium than there has been in the last ten years. Secondly, Zygi Wilf wants to make money. His background is in real estate, and he bought the Vikings partly because he wanted to develop the area around a new stadium. Sure the Vikings have a lot of money to be made in a new stadium, but Zygi has a fortune to be made from the surrounding real estate. That’s why the Vikings ownership is dead set on the Arden Hills site and not the Metrodome site. I’m no expert, but despite the fact that LA far eclipses the Twin Cities in market size I don’t believe the Wilf family will be able to stand alone in capitalizing off of the development surrounding Farmer’s Field. Finally, Zygi has has repeated several times that he wants to follow other NFL ownership groups by owning an MLS franchise that will play in his new stadium. That simply will not happen in LA. The Vikings will not leave Minnesota as long as the Wilf family owns the team. However, if a stadium solution is not reached soon that may not be that long…

  68. dogsweat1 says: Aug 11, 2011 4:36 PM

    However, if a stadium solution is not reached soon that may not be that long…

    ********************************

    Show me an article where Zygi has said he will never Minnesota?

    Show me an article where ZW has followed Wayne Weaver’s announcement of this team never moving?

    You can’t.

    There are none.

    ZW is playing both cities off one another.

    Until he comes out and promises never to leave Minnesota, his words are in vain.

    Wayne Weaver boldly proclaimed the Jaguars will never leave for Los Angeles……

  69. mel1sharples says: Aug 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    However, if a stadium solution is not reached soon that may not be that long…

    ********************************

    Show me an article where Zygi has said he will never Minnesota?

    Show me an article where ZW has followed Wayne Weaver’s announcement of this team never moving?

    You can’t.

    There are none.

    ZW is playing both cities off one another.

    Until he comes out and promises never to leave Minnesota, his words are in vain.

    Wayne Weaver boldly proclaimed the Jaguars will never leave for Los Angeles……
    =====================
    yawn…wake me when somebody posts something new.

    Zygi has stated on local TV (WCCO to be exact that the Vikings WILL NOT leave Minnesota.

    PFT and E!(SPN) are in the rumor business. Rumors are fun, but just that rumors…

    BTW Packer fans are still retarded.

  70. dogsweat1 says: Aug 11, 2011 5:40 PM

    BTW Packer fans are still retarded.

    **********************************

    Wow– love your “pre school” vocabulary.

    That’s quite sad. I live in Minnesota too. There is no report of ZW promising to stay in the TC’s.

    BTW

    Look forward to the extra Packer home game in Minny.

    Look forward to another sweep of the Vikings.

    Look forward to watching the Packers weekly on Fox—while living in Minnesconsin(Yes this is true)

    Look forward to watching the Packers go to the playoffs and a possible Super Bowl.

    Look forward to watching the Viking ‘sideshow” and a losing season– again this season.

    lol

  71. mel1sharples says: Aug 11, 2011 5:52 PM

    BTW

    Look forward to the extra Packer home game in Minny.

    Look forward to another sweep of the Vikings.

    Look forward to watching the Packers weekly on Fox—while living in Minnesconsin(Yes this is true)

    Look forward to watching the Packers go to the playoffs and a possible Super Bowl.

    Look forward to watching the Viking ‘sideshow” and a losing season– again this season.

    lol
    ————–
    call me pre school and you LOL’d me Hello Mr. Kettle this is Mr. Pot….u gunna sext me next?

    Do you watch ‘CCO, Rosen’s Sports Sunday to be exact?

  72. paulharghis says: Aug 11, 2011 5:58 PM

    ballsweat1 says:
    Aug 11, 2011 5:40 PM
    BTW Packer fans are still retarded.

    **********************************

    Wow– love your “pre school” vocabulary.

    That’s quite sad. I live in Minnesota too. There is no report of ZW promising to stay in the TC’s.

    BTW

    Look forward to the extra Packer home game in Minny.- there are just as many tickets available on stub hub and sites like it for the game at lambeau

    Look forward to another sweep of the Vikings.@- another idiot predicting the future

    Look forward to watching the Packers weekly on Fox—while living in Minnesconsin(Yes this is true)-@ not true. There are only 2 weeks this year that they paly at the same time, on the same channel. Besides that, I live in wisconsin, and I will see the Vikings 14-16 weeks here.

    Look forward to watching the Packers go to the playoffs and a possible Super Bowl.@-another prediction that you have no way of knowing

    Look forward to watching the Viking ‘sideshow” and a losing season– again this season.-@ again, how would you know that, you have no clue

    lol- really? lol how old are you? 12?

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    What’s the name of the birth defect you have? trampled by a horse in the 2nd trimester?

    if it weren’t for CarlG and Favre blows, you’d be the most asinine poster on this site-you’re in the running though-good for you.

  73. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 12:56 AM

    dogsweat1 says:
    Aug 11, 2011 5:40 PM
    Look forward to watching the Packers weekly on Fox—while living in Minnesconsin(Yes this is true)
    __________

    You’ve said this before and it’s asinine. The only way you see the Packers on Fox is if they’re playing at a different time from the Vikings. A Vikings home game hasn’t been blacked out since 1997. Do you honestly believe when you’re watching a Packer game on TV that they’re showing it instead of the Viking game?

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