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Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf Says “NO” To Moving Team To LA

August 10, 2011 by Nick in NEW STADIUM

A lot of talk has gone down about the Vikings moving to LA.  Lets be brutally honest, the Vikings as of today don’t have a ‘home’ to play in after the end of this season.  Vikings owner Zygi Wilf tried to disconnect those dots again Wednesday. He said Vikings fans need not worry about the progress to the west.

“No,” Wilf said sternly when asked whether fans in Minnesota should be nervous that AEG received an endorsement from the L.A. City Council on Tuesday for the funding and timeline of the project there.

“We have momentum here in Arden Hills,” Wilf said, referring to the suburb 10 miles north of Minneapolis where Vikings and Ramsey County officials have agreed to put a stadium if the state signs off on the deal.

Wilf and his stadium point man, vice president Lester Bagley, mingled with business and political leaders from the northern suburbs during training camp practice Wednesday in Mankato, Minn. Ramsey County commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega joined Wilf to tout the job-creating benefits of the $1.1-billion project, which would cost $53 million more if it’s not finalized this year because of construction cost inflation, according to Bagley.

“Our sleeves are rolled up. We want to get it done,” Bagley said.

Wilf and his brother, team President Mark Wilf, met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last week.

“It went very well. We realized that many of the details that we were negotiating in the past, and questions that were asked in the past, were answered,” Wilf said. “We still have a few questions to be answered, but we’re very optimistic we had all the pieces in place and we’ll be able to achieve bipartisan support to move this forward.”

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MNVIKINGSBLOG.COM ANALYSIS:

Right now Vikings fans still love Zygi, however the love will quickly turn to hate if talks change about moving to LA.  Wilf is saying all the right things and doing great things with this team.  If the state of Minnesota doesn’t call a special legislative session it would be extremely interesting to hear Wilf’s thoughts.  If Wilf takes this team away from Minnesota he will easily become the states most hated man.  Let’s hope Minnesota as a whole won’t give him an opportunity.

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