Kevin Warren will assist Vikings through three-month transition period

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Vikings COO Kevin Warren will leave the team to become the new Commissioner of the Big 10. The Vikings will embark on an extended effort to determine the future of the franchise, following his departure.

“Kevin has impacted the Vikings and our family in immeasurable ways over the last 15 years,” Mark and Zygi Wilf said in a statement issued by the team they own. “He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St. Paul in mind. From the very onset, Kevin helped us navigate and execute the purchase of the franchise. He then evolved as a leader of the organization in ways we never could have imagined, leading our vision for U.S. Bank Stadium and TCO Performance Center, developing a world-class fan experience, and implementing many initiatives that have transformed our franchise with the benefit of our employees and Vikings fans top of mind. Kevin has been a tremendous leader for the Vikings and he and his family have been passionately and intricately involved in the community, enhancing the lives of so many people.

“We know the Big Ten and their student-athletes, coaches, and administrators are extremely fortunate to have his leadership, character, and vision, and we wish Kevin and the Warren family all the best. We will work with Kevin and the Vikings management team over the next three months to help us through this transition and process how we want to move forward.”

It won’t be an easy decision for the Vikings. Because the Wilfs reside in New Jersey, Warren served as a surrogate owner of sorts, providing the day-to-day presence in the facility that ownership couldn’t. Without that element, dysfunction quickly can set in.

Unless Mark Wilf and/or Zygi Wilf plan to relocate to Minnesota, they’ll need a new leader of the organization who can provided that day-to-day focus, leadership, and accountability.

31 responses to “Kevin Warren will assist Vikings through three-month transition period

  1. “The Vikings will embark on an extended effort to determine the future of the franchise, following his departure.”

    Sounds ominous.

  2. Very refreshing having owners that don’t fleece their fans with fake stock….the cheesers could learn from this fine leadership!

  3. I imagine that Warren has a good idea already on who could replace him. The 3 months will be just to train that replacement.

  4. Very refreshing having owners that don’t fleece their fans with fake stock
    ——
    At least our sales tax isn’t going up to pay for the states $600m plus debt due to the new stadium. We have the option to get “fleeced”. You don’t.

  5. June 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    Very refreshing having owners that don’t fleece their fans with fake stock….the cheesers could learn from this fine leadership!

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    They tried. They can’t give away those lame bricks. Showcase Viking history? Good luck with that.

    “As part of the brick program, fans were also sent a replica brick for their own keeping. A certificate of ownership and map of the exact location of their brick on the Viking Ship were also provided to fans who made the purchase. This was also a way for Vikings fans all over the world, even international fans, as well as non-Season Ticket members, to feel part of the new stadium. This program is exceptionally unique because it is a fan-based market that only features fans, as opposed to including sponsors and other individuals, as well. The bricks also showcase Vikings history and special moments within the franchise.”

  6. Warren’s a real sharp guy and the Big 10 will benefit from his leadership.

    Classy move to give the Vikings a 3 month transition period.

    Best of luck, Kevin.

  7. Meanwhile, Green Bay CEO offered the night manager position at Applebees….

  8. Meanwhile, Green Bay CEO offered the night manager position at Applebees….
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    And if I may point out, he will be running an Applebee’s that will charge less sales tax than one across the river.

  9. It won’t be an easy decision for the Vikings. Because the Wilfs reside in New Jersey, Warren served as a surrogate owner of sorts, providing the day-to-day presence in the facility that ownership couldn’t. Without that element, dysfunction quickly can set in.
    ———–
    I might argue that dysfunction is already there with an $84 million, 8-8 QB, and cap hell.

  10. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    It won’t be an easy decision for the Vikings. Because the Wilfs reside in New Jersey, Warren served as a surrogate owner of sorts, providing the day-to-day presence in the facility that ownership couldn’t. Without that element, dysfunction quickly can set in.
    ———–
    I might argue that dysfunction is already there with an $84 million, 8-8 QB, and cap hell.

    4 0 Rate This

    Pretty sure Aaron Rodgers made $67 Million last year and only produced a 6-9-1 record…and that would have been 6-10 had there been decent kicker on the vikings roster to start the season.

  11. swede700 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    I imagine that Warren has a good idea already on who could replace him. The 3 months will be just to train that replacement.
    ___________

    Well, hopefully this newly tapped replacement will be able to keep up the expectations and performance his predecessor was able to achieve, said the rest of the NFC North.
    The bar has been set, please, just see to it that you don’t stub your toe.

  12. pkrlvr says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Very refreshing having owners that don’t fleece their fans with fake stock
    ——
    At least our sales tax isn’t going up to pay for the states $600m plus debt due to the new stadium. We have the option to get “fleeced”. You don’t.
    __________

    Once again, you have stated something that is untrue. Does that ever bother you?

  13. packer troll bringing up the brick thing- once again like there is a point. The packers did the brick thing too when they built the Atrium @ Lambeau. You must not go to the packer home games or are too drunk to notice.

  14. The Stadium is built, the headquarters are built and the team is in a good place from both a financial and personnel perspective — even cheesers would have to grit their teeth and admit that the business side of the Vikings is running smoothly (well, they won’t but those with any credibility should).

    It should be pretty easy to promote from within or find a quality replacement, particularly since the Vikes don’t have a 45 person board that has confusing subcommittees that report to a President that is trying to referee power struggles and infighting between the cap, coaching and personnel departments, all of whom are overseeing a 25 year old coach that just blew out his achilles who, in turn, is trying to manage a locker room that is on its 5th year of grudge-festing.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    June 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    Very refreshing having owners that don’t fleece their fans with fake stock….the cheesers could learn from this fine leadership!

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    They tried. They can’t give away those lame bricks. Showcase Viking history? Good luck with that.
    _________

    Who would want one of those anyway.
    Some honorary brick covered in dead bird guts? Gross!!!

  16. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    This is a tremendous loss. Warren was the only real executive tie to MN. They might have to be renamed as the New Jersey Vikings/////

    Tokyo/stella/Whatjust/free/- Too many accounts –
    Warren had ties in Detroit and Saint Louis too so much for the real Minnesota ties. narrative.

  17. pkrlvr says:
    At least our sales tax isn’t going up to pay for the states $600m plus debt due to the new stadium. We have the option to get “fleeced”. You don’t.
    ————–
    At least MN is viewed at one of the best states to live in the US. For instance, USBank and surrounding area is a world class destination for hosting marquee events like the SB, the Final 4, the NFL draft and countless headlining bands that Wisconsinites frequently travel and stay in MN in order to pay hospitality taxes for USBank too… thanks Packer fans for lightening the bill!

  18. sportsfansjj says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Pretty sure Aaron Rodgers made $67 Million last year and only produced a 6-9-1 record…and that would have been 6-10 had there been decent kicker on the vikings roster to start the season.
    ****************
    Well at least the Vikings had a ref in their back pocket so they could achieve the tie.

  19. pkrliar says

    And if I may point out, he will be running an Applebee’s that will charge less sales tax than one across the river.
    ###

    The sales tax is a little higher, but Minnesota doesn’t charge sales tax on as many things as Wisconsin.

    Shoppers in Western Wisconsin don’t buy their shoes, clothes or coats in Wisconsin, they prefer to shop in Minnesota for better quality, better selection and no sales tax.

    Oh, property taxes are about 30 – 40% less in Minnesota than Wisconsin too. Gas taxes are lower on the east side of the border – once again Wisconsinites refuel in Minnesota to save on gas (and we appreciate the tax money to improve our roads and bridges.

    I’ve lived 20+ years in both states, so I’m very familiar with the taxes…

  20. How much cap space does he free up. If his departure doesn’t open up several million dollars next year, they won’t be able to sign their draft picks.

  21. gtodriver says:
    June 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    pkrliar says

    And if I may point out, he will be running an Applebee’s that will charge less sales tax than one across the river.
    ###

    The sales tax is a little higher, but Minnesota doesn’t charge sales tax on as many things as Wisconsin.

    Shoppers in Western Wisconsin don’t buy their shoes, clothes or coats in Wisconsin, they prefer to shop in Minnesota for better quality, better selection and no sales tax.

    Oh, property taxes are about 30 – 40% less in Minnesota than Wisconsin too. Gas taxes are lower on the east side of the border – once again Wisconsinites refuel in Minnesota to save on gas (and we appreciate the tax money to improve our roads and bridges.

    I’ve lived 20+ years in both states, so I’m very familiar with the taxes…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I’ve lived longer in both states and the day-to-day out-of-pocket expenses are minimally different, unless, of course, you need something to fight about.

  22. vikesfansarethesmartestfans says:

    How much cap space does he free up. If his departure doesn’t open up several million dollars next year, they won’t be able to sign their draft picks.
    ###

    We heard that story this year. We got everyone signed.

    Thanks for trying…

  23. Wisconsin doesn’t tax social security benefits, Minnesota does contact you local officials that shouldn’t happen.

  24. h0metownzero says:
    June 4, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    Why can’t someone from MN afford a team?

    @@@@@@&

    Maybe because the team is not up for sale. But thanks for playing Einstein

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