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Vikings stadium gets approval, again

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While the construction of a new Vikings stadium has been and will continue to be a marathon, the approval process has been more convoluted than a drag racing light tree.

After getting the green light last year, an unrelated court case from New Jersey involving team ownership caused the amber lights to re-engage — and the red light to start flickering.

But it’s now green again.  According to Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority officially has concluded that Zygi and Mark Wilf have “significant holdings” that will allow them to meet their financial commitments, regardless of the outcome of the New Jersey litigation.

The report doesn’t specify the many monies the Wilfs possess.  But those numbers could emerge via the litigation that sparked a second look at the stadium deal.  The judge presiding over the New Jersey dispute regarding an apartment complex has ruled that the Wilfs must disclose their net worth in connection with the “damages” phase of the case.  Zygi Wilf contends that disclosure of his financial information “will pose a serious threat to me and my family,” and that “malicious individuals” could target the Wilfs for extortion or physical attacks.

On one hand, all reasonable steps should be taken to keep the information (which will be critical to the determination of an appropriate award of punitive damages) confidential.  On the other hand, buying an NFL team amounts to the purchase of a nationwide billboard that reads, “I am really, really, really rich.”

In other words, the potential threat already exists, and part of the burden of being really, really, really rich is to make the appropriate expenditures to ensure security.

Now that the powers-that-be in Minnesota have made the appropriate expenditures to ensure the security of the new stadium, the green lights can finally turn back on.  And everyone involved can get really, really, really richer.

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43 Responses to “Vikings stadium gets approval, again”
  1. ravensbob says: Sep 14, 2013 7:51 AM

    Minn. has an NFL team?

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 14, 2013 8:02 AM

    LOL — Minnesota…

  3. mrbigass says: Sep 14, 2013 8:11 AM

    Mike, never pictured you to have a clue about drag racing…….mes excuses

  4. elleclouds says: Sep 14, 2013 8:11 AM

    Lolls like Johnny 5 is head of security

  5. thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 8:18 AM

    There was no doubt to me that the Vikings would stay in MN. The current NFC North is home to the true beginnings of the NFL. The Packer(1922)..Bears(1922)..Lions(Det. in 1932) are # 2,3,6 in order of teams to join the NFL. The Vikings came later in 1961 but firmly placed themselves as a member of this historic NFL grouping. To change it would be erasing the roots of the Black &Blue Division…

  6. packermama says: Sep 14, 2013 8:27 AM

    That is gonna be an awesome stadium for the Lambeau West.

  7. wipackman1265 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:41 AM

    LA Vikings ?? No one wants that….. I love the rivalry s between the Packers Vikings and Bears.. Wilfs are crooked but that’s a different question… Build the stadium and build it soon and name it “Lambeau West “. Because the Packers will win with regularity there !!!

  8. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Sep 14, 2013 8:51 AM

    thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 8:18 AM

    There was no doubt to me that the Vikings would stay in MN. The current NFC North is home to the true beginnings of the NFL. The Packer(1922)..Bears(1922)..Lions(Det. in 1932) are # 2,3,6 in order of teams to join the NFL. The Vikings came later in 1961 but firmly placed themselves as a member of this historic NFL grouping. To change it would be erasing the roots of the Black &Blue Division…

    ————————————————

    The Packers were established in 1921. Don’t cheat one year of excellence from us. ;)

  9. ravensbob says: Sep 14, 2013 9:02 AM

    Just like when Cleveland lost the browns? This is a mentality that cities like buffalo, minn, San Diego,etc share that makes no sense. When the Colts can leave Baltimore, the Raiders leave Okland, the Rams leave LA and likely St. Louis soon will have lost 2 NFL teams, this mind set is crazy. The NFL stands for not for long, hey want $ not history.

  10. anarchopurplism says: Sep 14, 2013 9:11 AM

    Metro Sports Commission released this info over the weekend, eh?

  11. freshnsoclean says: Sep 14, 2013 9:12 AM

    It’s very embarrassing to be a Vikings fan, heck a Minnesota sports fan. 4 major teams, and nothing but a World Series since 1991 and a WNBA Championship lol. I’m sure our suicide rate is up.

  12. broadstbully says: Sep 14, 2013 9:17 AM

    He doesn’t know what “less-than-8 in the box” looks like, and he gets (at least) 100 yards in 62.5% of his games. If he says it’s easy, you or I are in no position to argue with him.

  13. andreweac says: Sep 14, 2013 9:41 AM

    Except the people of Minnesota who gave up way too many corporate subsidies for billionaires. Clown move by the people of Minnesota.

  14. 7ransponder says: Sep 14, 2013 9:59 AM

    You forgot the most important part, that “they secured a commitment from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league remains committed to this market and that if there had to be an ownership change for the Vikings, the new owners would be required to assume the lease and other stadium agreements.”

    All the “LA Vikings” crowd can go cry in their cheap beers now, cause we’re here to stay.

  15. nfloracle says: Sep 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    So build the damn thing… we’re tired of reading about it.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    The only people who didn’t see this coming are Packer fans who desperately want to get the Vikings out of their division.

  17. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 14, 2013 10:11 AM

    And five people cheered.

  18. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Sep 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    “Drr drrr drr, L.A. Vikings, drr drr drrrr”
    ~Every ignorant Vikings hater

    Sorry, but we were never going anywhere. Even Chicago, Detroit, and tasteless Green Bay, would hate to see us go. Why, because we’re the class of the north, that’s why.

    Skol Vikings.
    Today.
    Tomorrow.
    Forever.

  19. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    you mean the new big green house.

  20. vikesandravens78 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    Thank God. Get to the groundbreaking already! Skol Vikings.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:19 AM

    The Vikings are a very important jr. member of the NFC North, despite having never won a legitimate championship. MN losing the Vikings would have rocked the NFL world like Montreal losing the Expos rocked baseball.

  22. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

  23. breakingb says: Sep 14, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Vik… hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  24. buhbay1c says: Sep 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    ravensbob says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:51 AM
    Minn. has an NFL team?

    Yes we do. Actually we’re still on our first team, unlike Baltimore.

  25. thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 11:05 AM

    petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says:The Packers were established in 1921. Don’t cheat one year of excellence from us.
    ====================================
    Yes, established in 1921 in the American Professional Football Association…which became the NFL in 1922…

  26. johnnyb612 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:19 AM

    petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says:
    Sep 14, 2013 8:51 AM
    thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 8:18 AM

    There was no doubt to me that the Vikings would stay in MN. The current NFC North is home to the true beginnings of the NFL. The Packer(1922)..Bears(1922)..Lions(Det. in 1932) are # 2,3,6 in order of teams to join the NFL. The Vikings came later in 1961 but firmly placed themselves as a member of this historic NFL grouping. To change it would be erasing the roots of the Black &Blue Division…

    ————————————————

    The Packers were established in 1921. Don’t cheat one year of excellence from us.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yes, but as much as it pains me to agree with Viking slime, the Packers did not JOIN the NFL until 1922. Ugh.

  27. buhbay1c says: Sep 14, 2013 11:23 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    The Vikings are a very important jr. member of the NFC North, despite having never won a legitimate championship. MN losing the Vikings would have rocked the NFL world like Montreal losing the Expos rocked baseball.

    I know, it would be like if the Brewers left town with their empty trophy case and decades of ineptitude.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:51 AM

    It’s too bad that Adrian is only in it for Adrian. There is supposed to be more to football than padding your personal stats. Such as winning football games.

  29. bigtull says: Sep 14, 2013 12:01 PM

    Changing the subject, has anyone seen the plans for the new stadium?

  30. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:03 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Sep 14, 2013 11:23 AM
    filthymcnasty1 says:

    The Vikings are a very important jr. member of the NFC North, despite having never won a legitimate championship. MN losing the Vikings would have rocked the NFL world like Montreal losing the Expos rocked baseball.

    I know, it would be like if the Brewers left town with their empty trophy case and decades of ineptitude.

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

    Outstanding analogy, and I agree. The Vikings = the Brewers.

  31. kenshalek says: Sep 14, 2013 12:18 PM

    All NFL owners, and all successful USA businessmen are robber-barons, this is nothing new. SKOL VIKINGS

  32. jjschmidt2013 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:25 PM

    I’m a longtime follower of this site, and I’m finally going to participate. I’m a huge life long, long suffering Vike’s fan and I’m so embarrassed. The knucklehead people of Minnesota never cease to amaze me. Had they built the stadium 10 years ago (as they should have) the savings would have been enormous, but they didn’t. Now the same last minute foolishness to try to stop the project (like they did with the Twins new home), only this time much stupider.
    Does anyone really think the Wilf’s can’t pay their share? Really? The people of Minnesota don’t deserve an NFL team. I snicker every time I think about the idiots that kept saying the team should pay more, they won’t move ect.
    So, build the stadium already, quit embarrassing yourselves people of Minnesota. We are all bored to death with this baloney.

  33. thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 1:28 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Sep 14, 2013 11:23 AM
    filthymcnasty1 says:

    The Vikings are a very important jr. member of the NFC North, despite having never won a legitimate championship. MN losing the Vikings would have rocked the NFL world like Montreal losing the Expos rocked baseball.

    I know, it would be like if the Brewers left town with their empty trophy case and decades of ineptitude.
    ====================================
    Vikings have won 18 Division tiles in the 46 years of the Central/North….hardly a jr. member you Lombardi Losers….

  34. purple1967 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:31 PM

    Enough with the WFW crap, build it already!!!

  35. pack13queens0 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    Should have just gone to LA, Minneapolis is just flyover Country with No Championships. Then again, you could say the same about Chicago, that city hasn’t had any Champions in almost 30 years. Wisconsin has multiple Championships with the Packers & Nascar points leader Matt Kenseth.

  36. dakota297 says: Sep 14, 2013 4:17 PM

    Somebody better tell the Blackhawks that their Stanley Cup is a fake…….

  37. andreweac says: Sep 14, 2013 4:28 PM

    So basketball isn’t a sport (Bulls championships in 90s) yet NASCAR is? Wow.

  38. teamnorsecore says: Sep 14, 2013 5:02 PM

    The Twins 2 Wold Series Championships don’t count either…..only Packer Championships count to Ol’ pack13queens0…….oh, and NASCAR……..typical Sconi.

  39. pack13queens0 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:52 PM

    World Series doesn’t count because nobody cares about baseball. And I have no idea who the Blackhawks or Bulls are or what a Stanley Cup is. Again, football & Nascar are the only real sports.

  40. mackcarrington says: Sep 14, 2013 11:22 PM

    So this guy is saying that he’s afraid to reveal his true net worth because he fears for his family’s safety? Don’t people already know that he is a billionaire?

  41. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 15, 2013 1:20 AM

    Since the NFC North has been in existence, the Packers have won the division more than half the time. The Packers have the most NFL Championships as well.

    The Vikings aren’t even close.

    Keep trying.

  42. theytukrjobs says: Sep 15, 2013 1:23 AM

    LA Vikes, we barely knew ye’, again.

  43. furious724 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:26 AM

    ponderthedumpoffking says:Sep 15, 2013 1:20 AM

    Since the NFC North has been in existence, the Packers have won the division more than half the time. The Packers have the most NFL Championships as well.

    The Vikings aren’t even close.

    Keep trying.

    ——————————————————-
    So let me get this straight…you Packer nuts love to include all your championships (you’ve been around for 90+ years), including the times you’ve won the division…the NFC North Division.

    So you want to totally ignore the years from 1970 to 2001 (the NFC Central years) when the Packers won 5 division titles compared to the Vikings 14?

    What a clown

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