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Vikings stadium faces final, unexpected hurdle

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Last week’s civil verdict against Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf initially attracted attention because it flowed from a 21-year-old lawsuit.  Ultimately, it could make it harder for the Vikings to escape their 31-year-old home.

Given that the litigation arose from allegedly inappropriate business practices committed by the Wilfs in an unrelated context, Governor Mark Dayton has urged the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority to make one final review of the stadium deal, to ensure that no chicanery occurred in the negotiations.  And that’s precisely what the MSFA’s board is doing.

“Everybody is on high alert that this is going to be looked at under a fine microscope,” member Duane Benson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “The governor is not going to, nor are we going to, treat this lightly.  A lot of legislators will be watching this very closely, as well we should.”

Technically, the stadium deal isn’t finalized.  If a fine-toothed comb reveals issues or potential misrepresentations or other evidence of underhanded business practices, the agreement could potentially implode.

If actual or apparent proof of misconduct appears, it would indeed be proper to ask questions and to resolve any issues that arise.  It would be improper, however, for the powers-that-be to use an unrelated lawsuit as cover to squeeze the Wilfs into reconfiguring a bargain about which some politicians may be having remorse.

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52 Responses to “Vikings stadium faces final, unexpected hurdle”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 11:42 PM

    Don’t let Zygi feed you stardust.

  2. packfaninvikeland says: Aug 12, 2013 11:50 PM

    California here I come!

  3. unbiasfan says: Aug 12, 2013 11:51 PM

    The deal will be finalized ASAP, with a historic franchise as the Vikings are and how great the state of Minnesota is, this will be our football team forever…plus we don’t sell fake stock to our fans to make it feel like their somewhat important

  4. textexington says: Aug 12, 2013 11:52 PM

    LOLZ!!! GO Pack GO!!!

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:58 PM

    ….so they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly……

    ……Hills that is……..

  6. gbmickey says: Aug 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    You cant make this stuff up, only in Minnesota is the Governor a dope and the owner is a crook while the fans give them both full support.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 13, 2013 12:04 AM

    It’s never easy to be a Viking fan.

  8. anicra says: Aug 13, 2013 12:10 AM

    I still go by Arden Hills Ammo area which could have been the Viking’s Football Mecca. So sad they could have had a massive parking lot for pregame tailgating. Instead Hennipin county did not want to lose the taxes so Viking’s fan have to deal with tailgating in a parking ramps, poor road access in the dead area of the city. However the plus is HCMC hospital is nearby.
    Really sad for Viking’s fan what they could have had. I guess a new stadium in a lame area is better than the old homer dome.

  9. scottieplongballs says: Aug 13, 2013 12:17 AM

    Great, just send the Vikes to L.A. And let the Packers gloat forever. Ill turn into Bundy!

  10. len462 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:24 AM

    Should I be worried that the people that signed off on the deal over a year ago waited until now to look closely at said deal? People make fun of us up here because we elected Ventura as our Governor but you all should really be ripping us for electing this turd Dayton. I’m becoming completely disillusioned with all these politicians in our amazing country.

  11. stoolerz says: Aug 13, 2013 12:27 AM

    Just move to LA already.

  12. staffordsyear says: Aug 13, 2013 12:31 AM

    Oh I’m sure something will pop up..curious to see how this goes.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    It’s Minnesota. They will build a stadium if Charles Manson was the owner. They would also, and have proven, that they would vote for Anthony Weiner, just to get national attention.

  14. binkystevens says: Aug 13, 2013 1:17 AM

    So long as Vikings fans (falsely) spout off about Packers’ stock being useless pieces of paper, it’s posts like these that prove I have the ultimate trump card. At least our owner isn’t a shady business person who nearly left our city over a lousy stadium. What a snake. Let that sink in, Minnesota: your team almost left you over money.

    We sit on aluminum benches at Lambeau and love it. And our recent additions are all fan financed vs taxpayer financed. True, the Packers took public money in the early 00s, but that was based on a public referendum in Brown County that passed, by the way. Can you imagine how the taxpayers would vote in MN?

  15. firestarter0728 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:44 AM

    That’s what happens when the owners are a bunch of immoral crooks. Don’t worry Vikings, Los Angeles will have a nice shiny new stadium for you if you ever want to leave that crappy gas bag you play in now. And great news for Viking fans; you’ll finally have the opportunity to embrace and support a real team, located right next door! We’ll welcome you with open arms.

  16. majikbullet says: Aug 13, 2013 3:29 AM

    The Vikes are still and always will be a joke of an organization!

  17. brianjoates says: Aug 13, 2013 4:27 AM

    So, if this falls apart, the Vikings are basically being forced out of Minnesota?

  18. GenXJay says: Aug 13, 2013 5:29 AM

    the headline is a little crusty…you’ve already informed us of this un-needed review.
    The Wilfs are dedicated to building a new stadium in MN.

  19. jjh1982 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:36 AM

    Just raise everybody’s taxes by 10% in Minnesota, that way the billionaire owner doesn’t have to pay one cent to build the new stadium

  20. SilentMajority says: Aug 13, 2013 6:12 AM

    What is really troublesome is the politicians in this case who awarded a near billion dollar stadium to the Wilfs.

    My guess is that they were aware of this lawsuit and thought nothing of it, and now are forced to grandstand. This is much more comforting than the alternative, which is the politicians were grandstanding before approving the stadium, and then didn’t do their due diligence afterwards, and really were caught unaware of this…

    Politicians are pathetic. All of them. Doesn’t matter which party you are talking about. Pathetic.

  21. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 13, 2013 6:25 AM

    Every projected revenue estimate has come up about 90% short, so easy to see how pols might jump on this and try to renegotiate the deal.

  22. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 13, 2013 6:33 AM

    What do you expect when you do business with criminals?

  23. bla bla bla says: Aug 13, 2013 7:10 AM

    And another Minnesota team soon lands in Los Angeles.

  24. deeppurple23 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:13 AM

    Gov. Mark Dayton…what a great partner… Another government tool.

  25. otis52gsh says: Aug 13, 2013 7:44 AM

    This clown is a tool. There is a west coast city just waiting for this scumbag.

  26. hansenbrothers says: Aug 13, 2013 7:53 AM

    As much as people make fun of Packers fans for buying stock, at least we don’t create a huge tax burden for our community

  27. mn1288 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:53 AM

    When you look at the bill the Wilfs managed to stick on the taxpayers, this doesn’t surprise me. At least Dayton did his job with such a thorough review of the electronic pulltabs! Kick them all out of the state…

  28. wegogreenbay says: Aug 13, 2013 8:26 AM

    No biggie, they’ll get their new stadium, which stands to be really sick when it’s done. What concerns me are the rumors about a roof for the new stadium.

    Totally believable, yet unbelievable.

  29. cometkazie says: Aug 13, 2013 8:54 AM

    Imagine, a NFL owner convicted of underhanded business practices.

    Mind boggling.

  30. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 13, 2013 9:51 AM

    taintedsaints2009 says:Aug 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    It’s Minnesota. They will build a stadium if Charles Manson was the owner. They would also, and have proven, that they would vote for Anthony Weiner, just to get national attention.
    ________

    Ummm…I think you’re thinking of New York. I don’t think Weiner has run for office in Minnesota.

  31. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    wegogreenbay says:Aug 13, 2013 8:26 AM

    No biggie, they’ll get their new stadium, which stands to be really sick when it’s done. What concerns me are the rumors about a roof for the new stadium.
    ________

    If by “rumors” you mean the design plans that were launched with great public fanfare, yes, rumor has it there may be a roof.

  32. edkohler says: Aug 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    Now seems like a really good time for Vikings fans to offer to pay for a portion of the new stadium.

    What’s that I hear? Listen closely: Crickets.

  33. diehardtwinsfan says: Aug 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    This is nothing but posturing. Electronic pull tabs are not bringing in the cash that they thought would happen. Minnesota politicians are turning the heat up on the Wilfs to squeeze some additional cash out of them.

  34. 7ransponder says: Aug 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    diehardtwinsfan says:
    Aug 13, 2013 10:04 AM
    This is nothing but posturing. Electronic pull tabs are not bringing in the cash that they thought would happen. Minnesota politicians are turning the heat up on the Wilfs to squeeze some additional cash out of them.

    —————————

    *ding ding ding ding ding* we have a winner. That’s ALL this is, and the only reason the e-pull tabs aren’t working is because it was very poorly implemented by the state. Backup funding is already in place and everything will be covered – this will break ground in 2014 as planned, much to the malign of the *wonderful* Pack fanbase that “graces” every Vikings story here.

    Making fun of this because the Vikings can’t sell pieces of paper to pay for things like this is absurd – the NFL DOESN’T ALLOW public ownership of teams anymore, so such a funding scheme was never an option to begin with, nor is it for any other team in the league. You best hope the NFL doesn’t renege on that someday, it could happen.

  35. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Aug 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    Keep on talking Packer fans, without football you would have NOTHING in your lives…I feel bad for you, I really do.

  36. edkohler says: Aug 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    @icecubeusedtobeangry, have you not seen Vikings World Order?

  37. jjh1982 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    I know a lot of you Vikings fans don’t realize that Minnesota is next to Wisconsin, so how much different can they be, its not like you’re next to Florida

  38. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:05 PM

    Enough already with the talks of the vikings going to LA,, I read that they are not sending any team to LA from the NFL. and from what I also understand that an old LA team is already going to be there if they do.
    So enough packer fans, they are not moving the deal will go thru.

  39. dragonfly99 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    The picture of Zygi above says it all. The hard working taxpayers of Minnesota should be proud to give this man their money. You won’t see the average taxpayer sitting in those glorious luxury boxes.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    The Viking losers can’t afford such extravagance when they’re perpetually one missed welfare check from losing their trailer homes.

  41. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Aug 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:23 PM
    The Viking losers can’t afford such extravagance when they’re perpetually one missed welfare check from losing their trailer homes
    ———————————————–

    Why don’t you go over some median income numbers with an emphasis on state by state comparisons…then we can revisit your statement a bit.

  42. rcali says: Aug 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    Love that picture of Wilf. That’s definitely the look of “oh, crap, they’re actually going to read the fine print of my fraudulent contract.” Once a crook, always a crook.

  43. teamnorsecore says: Aug 13, 2013 4:46 PM

    If this deal implodes, the stadium deal is called off and the team moves to L.A., leaving the division……what would all you Pack fans do with your time and “witty” comments you post on here? Back to barn fun and crushing empty PBR cans on your foreheads?

  44. imheretopointoutpackfanhypocrisy says: Aug 13, 2013 7:48 PM

    hansenbrothers says:

    As much as people make fun of Packers fans for buying stock, at least we don’t create a huge tax burden for our community
    ———————————————————–
    On Sept. 12, 2000, Brown County voters by a 53-47 percent margin agreed to tax themselves for the $295 million renovation of Lambeau Field,

    This was a 300 million dollar RENOVATION to a pole barn. and yes, the taxpayers paid for it. Know your facts!

  45. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:11 PM

    That money might be better spent on safety related bridge maintenance, and adequate hydration for their athletes. The peasants in MN just don’t have money for extravagances like sports facilities, or toothpaste.

  46. mitchlt3ski says: Aug 13, 2013 9:23 PM

    ^”peasants”? That must be the arrogance that greg was talking about and it clearly just bleeds over to their fans.

  47. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:38 PM

    I think you have the viking fans confused with the packer fans, we have all our teeth.

  48. stellarperformance says: Aug 13, 2013 10:57 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:11 PM
    That money might be better spent on safety related bridge maintenance, and adequate hydration for their athletes. The peasants in MN just don’t have money for extravagances like sports facilities, or toothpaste.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Your bridge comments are out of line and disrespectful to the victims of the tragedy. And the Korey Stringer incident is not a joke for your personal benefit. No one needs to be reminded in such a cavalier manner. Knock it off.

    Signed, …….very likely every Packer fan but one. One we don’t need.

  49. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 13, 2013 11:03 PM

    Bridges probably fall down all the time in Wisconsin, its just no news agency cares enough to cover it.

    Wisconsin; South Canada, or North Arkansas….take your pick.

  50. corey1957 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:22 PM

    Been a Vikings fan all my life this makes the love boat look like a Sunday social We should not fund stadium and make him rich. The NFL doesn’t owners that are crooks representing the shield Dayton pull your head out of your ass and not allow the stadiumgate scandal to happen

  51. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 14, 2013 4:46 PM

    For the love of God, don’t screw this up Dayton.

  52. teamnorsecore says: Aug 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:11 PM
    That money might be better spent on safety related bridge maintenance, and adequate hydration for their athletes. The peasants in MN just don’t have money for extravagances like sports facilities, or toothpaste.
    …………
    What a piece of garbage….making fun of people’s untimely deaths. Packer fans……are you all like this piece of trash?

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