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Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:40 pm
 
By Will Brinson

There's nothing more intriguing than when the dreaded "mystery team" enters the race to acquire a free agent (see: the race for Nnamdi Asomugha and now Albert Pujols on the MLB side). But what about when a "mystery city" makes a run at an NFL team?

It's happening with the Vikings, according to Vikes vice president of stadium development and public affairs Lester Bagley, who told legislators on Tuesday that another city (besides Los Angeles) contacted the team about leaving Minnesota.

"We would let that city speak for themselves," said Bagley, per the Minnesota Star-Tribune.  "I don't think it's our place to say who it is."

Bagley, who was meeting with legislators to discuss a new, publicly-funded stadium for the team, said that the city contacted the Vikings within the last year.

A quick glance at the biggest markets in the United States (thanks Wikipedia!) doesn't show a whole lot of options for the Vikings, who reside in the 16th biggest market right now. Los Angeles is the second-biggest market, and the next closest is the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario market, but that's basically L.A.

Below Minnesota on the list of markets without an NFL team are Portland, Sacramento, San Jose and Las Vegas. Those cities probably wouldn't work for a variety of reasons (fan support, gambling being illegal), although Portland could potentially make sense, especially given its proximity to Nike and the presence/success of an NBA team already.

The biggest likelihood, in my mind, is that the city that contacted the Vikings about the opening either a) is a city worried about its current NFL team leaving (Jacksonville, St. Louis, San Diego, etc) or b) is a city that's very near to Los Angeles and/or Minneapolis, and one that probably doesn't count as a "second city" in the truest sense, or c) is "a city" that contacted the Vikings to inflate the perceived interest in Minnesota's franchise and crank up the pressure on the locals to get a new stadium deal done.

Edit: Not only did I neglect the wonderful city of San Antonio (25th on the largest-market list) but I also forgot add option (d): that either city is outside of America, in the case of London or Toronto.

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Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

Good God people, who (including the MN legislators) can't see through this sham of a statement? How childlike of Bagley, just another example of how the Wilfs regard the general populace and legislators, as a bunch of hicks who can be swayed with playground tactics. The Wilfs are the worst thing to hit the Vikings, they have no idea how to run a successful NFL franchise and yet refuse to put a decent GM in place to make sure the product on the field is what they are paying for.

Viking fans had better watch out, this is a train wreck already in progress and someone needs to step in soon to rectify it. It's obvious that Frazier, despite being a good guy and all, is just not an NFL head coach and yet the Wilfs did not even interview anyone else, they just gave it to him based on a so-so result from last year. That's the kind of decision-making that needs to stop right now if this franchise is to get back on its feet anytime soon. The Twins saw the need and took care of it, now the Vikes need to do the same thing.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

TORONTO TONTOS.



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

PA has bigger issues( see
Penn State ). Clean up that first before you go looking for another team.



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

Mexico? They can't even keep their own people! Nobody wants to live in the god forsaken place more less play Football there. Even that other game they call football is so boring people are dying to get out of there.



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

....could be East Orange! The armpit of America:-)



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:46 am
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

We would let that city speak for themselves," said Bagley, .  "I don't think it's our place to say who it is."
Clearly its either Trenton or Camden NJ....



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:31 am
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

green bay and any other city in the USA, canada and some in mexico>minneapolis



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:48 am
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

ERIE, PA.  Near Cleveland, and Warren, PA.

Erie Vikings 



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:04 am
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

Hey... the Stadium is a PUBLIC Facality where the "Rich" owners use the facality at the most 14 days a year why has the public fallen for the premise that the stadium belongs to the people! it is used for high scool college events public concerts and many other revenue generating programs that bring jobs and tax revenue to the area... wake up america..



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:42 am
 

Mystery city inquires about landing Vikings

It's Mystery, Alaska. Their hockey team has done well and they're about to sign Pujois to their baseball team. Adding the Vikings would be the trifecta.


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