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Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:27 pm
WilfBy Josh Katzowitz

The NFL still seems awfully intent on moving a team to Los Angeles, but it sounds like that team won’t be the Minnesota Vikings. That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who reported on NBC’s Football Night in America that the Vikings and Minnesota officials are close to a deal that would keep the team where it’s always been.

This has been a long drawn-out process for the people of Minnesota.

The Vikings have been trying to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, but even though the team, the state and the county all promised money for the stadium, a new facility was about $100 million short. Then, there was talk that a new stadium might be built within the Minneapolis city limits, which would be less expensive but not what the Vikings officials wanted.

The Vikings and L.A.
But considering the Vikings lease with the Metrodome was set to expire (though there was talk that the lease might have contained a clause that would keep the Vikings in their current stadium for another season), it behooved the state to get this deal done.

While owner Zygi Wilf has made it clear he wants to stay in the Minneapolis area, if L.A., with its promise of glitz, glam and a new stadium, puts the full-court press on the Vikings ownership, there’s little question the Vikings would have to listen.

And when you’re listening to somebody who’s trying to woo you, anything can happen.

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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

5 Stars from me Tribe Fan - Finally something we can agree on. Baltimore should have been able to keep the Colts name and colors. It would also sicken me to see a LA Vikings.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:09 pm

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Tribefan-  I understand your sentiments but I disagree.  The only reason the Browns owner agreed to leaving the history of the Browns behind is because he wanted out of town so badly and that was the only way he could get the NFL to agree. If you move your family from one state to the other you do not change your name and leave all your history behind.  At least most people don't unless it involves a federal judge and a trial and some pretty nasty defendants.   If a company moves its' headquarters they don't usually change their name and even if they do they usually keep their history.  Its the team that has the history and not the city although they are closely linked.  Now in some cases I would think it would be benneficial to start anew (like in the Jaguars case) or if a new owner took over I could see him wanting his team to be HIS TEAM but the fact that he did not start the team kind of precludes that anyway.  I just cant see your argument in a case, (as impossible as it would be) if the Packers folded and the vikings moved to Green Bay. Would they suddenly become the storied franchise that built Titletown on the back of 13 world championships or would they still be the pathetic little barnies with 0 nfl championships.  More importantly would fans of the green and gold suddenly suport their new team formerly known as the vikings, I think not.  The fan base, what little there would be, would be comprised of former viking fans.  The only difference would be that they would now be claiming their team as the owner of those 13 NFL titles.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:47 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Pretty good dacy, I'm thinking this whole process would take about 10 -12 years and the only chanage I would make is The Jaguars (after having moved to Minnesota) would realize they like the warm weather and they would relocate to San Diego prompting zygi to realize he was an idiot for moving in the first place and packing the team up and heading back to the land of 10000 lakes (and almost as many fish)

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:17 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

The Vikings should move to L.A.  They can make a lot more money in L.A. then they could ever hope to make in Minneapolis/St Paul.  It would be a smart business decision and it would be in the best interests of the NFL to have a team in L.A.  Then the Jaguars could move to Minnesota.  Then the Colts could take the opening in Jacksoncille to move there.  The Bears need a new stadium so I would move the Bears there into Indianpolis open slot.  With an opeing in Chicago I would move the Packers to Chicago.  Now Green Bay needs a team and the Chargers are looking to move so they move to become the Green Bay Chargers.  Since Los Angeles doesnt support pro football the L.A. Vikings need only make a short move down the freeway to San Diego.  It would all work out pretty well.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:05 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Athletic:  I am hearing here in St.Louis that the Rams are going back to LA.

While I don't want you to lose your team, that at least would fix the original wrong to some degree.

I would be sickened by the possibility of a Los Angeles Vikings team.  I just dislike seeing these storied franchises relocating.  The Browns did it the way it should be done... leave the history, colors, logo, etc. behind and when a franchise moves, create something new or take on the history of a previous franchise.

When the Colts moved to Indy, they should have been renamed something new.  The history belongs to Baltimore and when the Browns moved to Baltimore they should have become the Colts again.  Does anyone in Indy have fond memories of Unitas and all the older championships?  No, they belong to Baltimore and always will.

If Jacksonville (or anyone) moves to L.A. they should leave the Jaguars history behind and start anew.  If the Rams move back to L.A. and becomes the Rams, does the Super Bowl history from St. Louis now belong to L.A.?  Silly notion.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:58 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Try posting this on a JETS article. this is about the Vikings, moron.

Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:45 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Aint happening! Granted, dirty Sanchez has his moments of "did he just do that", he is not bad enough to move that far up in the draft for luck. The Vikings on the other hand need a lot of positions filled by either the draft or free agencie. Trading down is a smart thing for them to do if they can get multiple picks. With so many holes and not enough money, it is going to make a rebuild take longer instead of shorter. The Jets need to get the coach a muzzle! Ryan is such a pompass ass! When you get to the show, that's when you can start talking smack! I'm sure his players love him, and I kind of do too, but you have to prove yourself before you start showing "bigger than life" attitude. Getting to the playoffs, isn't good enough now days. Win the superbowl and you can revel in your glory all you want. Until then, SHUT UP!

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:41 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

The sentiment among Packer fans seems to be that the only thing worse than the Minnesota Vikings would be the LA Vikings. Heres to hoping the Vikes get a nice new place to play soon! The new Gopher stadium would be fun for a few years too; talk about some frozen tundra...

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:23 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Watch the Raiders offer their first round picks for the next 10 years to get to Luck... they always do stupid things in the draft.  Of course, they just wasted top picks on Palmer, but that appears to have been a big mistake.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:20 am

Report: Vikings close to a deal to stay in MIN

Are you serious?  A team that was founded in and has been in Minnesota since the early 1960's is possibly going to LA.  When did that happen?  I would have to say put a hold on the worry about the "glitz, glam and new stadium" of LA and more of an emphasis on the fact that you are parking some team to be named in the major TV market.  Any market which can support two MLB teams and two NBA teams will undoubtedly be able to support one NFL team - especially since it has a history of supporting two NFL teams in its past.  The NFL has seemingly promised to return the NFL to the LA area, but we keep waiting for that to happen.  I just never thought that Minnesota would be designated as the area to lose the franchise to keep this promise. 

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