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Vikings to LA?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 26, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Report: Vikings management met with AEG officials on Tuesday
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 26, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT


    Buried near the bottom of the latest mish-mash of rumors and speculation from Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press appears an item that probably should have appeared on the front page, above the fold.

    Per Walters: “Spotted at the W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday night were members of Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s management and stadium development team meeting with LA Live! honcho Tim Leiweke and his AEG team that is considering a stadium for Los Angeles.”

    That’s big stuff. Far bigger than something that should be nestled below gems like a kid from Winona State visiting the Golden Gophers’ football program last week and the local WNBA team drawing 2,055 fans for an exhibition game.

    With the Vikings poised to become free agents after the 2011 season, it’s no surprise that the folks from AEG would want to talk — or that the Vikings would want to listen. As each day goes by without the Vikings having a deal in place to build a new stadium in Minnesota, the chances that they’ll follow the Lakers to L.A. increase.
     
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Everything I've heard is that they're getting a new stadium in the suburbs of Minnesota, and that the NFL is even going to help them pay for it.
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    Unless, someone offers them a better deal...... #imjustsaying ;)
     
  4. Blue Bolt

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    Report: Vikings, AEG meeting didn’t involve L.A. move
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 26, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT


    In response to the report from Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press regarding a Tuesday night meeting between Vikings management and folks from AEG, the company that wants to build a new pro football stadium in downtown L.A., Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the meeting arose from an interest by the Wilf family in building an entertainment district in the vicinity of the stadium that the team plans to build in Arden Hills.

    That’s fine, but let’s not be naive. AEG has an existing entertainment district in L.A., and AEG needs at least one — and presumably would prefer two — NFL tenants for the football stadium it wants to build.

    And if the Wilfs want advice on how to build an entertainment district in Minnesota, it would be foolish for AEG not to help out. If nothing else, the gesture could give AEG some insight into whether or not the Vikings will potentially be in play for relocation. Then, if it all falls apart in Minnesota, AEG already has the relationship in place, strengthened by the fact that AEG was willing to help the Vikings find a way to make things work.

    Put simply, AEG is the guy who desperately wants to date a female friend who currently is in a difficult relationship. Worst-case scenario, he strengthens the friendship. Best case scenario, she moves to L.A. with him.

    The fact that the meeting, as reported by Walters, occurred in a manner that allowed it to be noticed likely was no accident. So while the Vikings can plausibly claim that they aren’t doing anything to overtly put the squeeze on Minnesota to get a stadium built, the mere existence of the line of communication should give the powers-that-be in the land of 10,000 lakes a little extra incentive to get their act together, quickly.
     
  5. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    AEG may want the Vikings - of the teams with the potential to be acquired and move to LA, the Vikings franchise may actually be among the most desirable due to a combination of having both highly marketable stars as well as an owner who isn't opposed to what appears to be AEG's philosophy in building a winner (i.e. "smart" spending, but spending all the same; the word "build" a winner is far more applicable to AEG's approach than "develop" a winner), but realistically the Vikings likely only want AEG for leverage first and foremost... and a possible investment partner for that new stadium.

    Thing is, the NFL won't let the Vikings move unless they are truly in dire straights. This is a much more... shall we call it "proactive" administration and group of owners... and the Vikings are more than just a storied franchise, they're one of the original specifically NFL teams if I remember correctly.

    Realistically, and I'm sure if you polled the majority of those with a say in the higher-ups of both NFL ownership and NFL management, they WANT the league to be back in Los Angeles, but they also want to have a "have their cake and eat it too" scenario. This speaks specifically to, most preferably, one of the existing California franchises (and more specifically either the Chargers who already have a Southern California foothold or the Raiders, who did and could be argued still do in the LA market) moving as opposed to uprooting a team that isn't financially struggling as a result of support form their current locale.

    It's kind of stating the obvious, but I would still say that the ideal situation in the league's eyes is that Al Davis kicks the bucket sooner rather than later, his daughter (I believe she's actually the next in line as opposed to her brother) takes the reins of the Raiders, and she in turn uses AEG to try and leverage the city of Oakland into a new stadium (which they won't be able to afford because Oakland is broke as all get out and simply doesn't have the kind of tax income to support such a project), ultimately resulting in the Raiders moving back to LA. This allows the league to still maintain a foothold in Northern California with the Niners, while moving what would likely be the most-certainly immediately "financially successful" team LA.

    As a Charger fan (and Raider hater), I'll say this... this is one of the worst imaginable scenarios for us because AEG is still going to want some sort of input and gravity in the decision making processes of how the team is run... and they typically affect that change to produce winners. And I'm perfectly content with the Raiders not having that kind of "smart decision-makers" anywhere near them.
     

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