Billionaire real estate developer Mark Roski, Jr. wants to transplant the Vikings to Los Angeles, but so far Zygi Wilf isn’t listening to what Roski has to say. “They have knocked on our door, but we have declined,” said Vikings executive Lester Bagley. “We have not had a meeting or discussion with Roski. All of our updates have come through the league. Our intention is to resolve the issue in Minnesota, but clearly they are out proactively seeking a team and they are the ones that listed the seven teams.”
This came up because it was reported that the league wants one team in the L.A. market by next year and eventually two teams. The Saints, Bills, Jaguars, Chargers, Raiders and 49ers have been listed along with the Vikings as candidates to be moved. If the Vikings get their new stadium they will of course be struck from the list. In light of that, I wonder if it was such a brilliant move for Vikings brass to deny speaking to Roski so vehemently. I should think it would be better from a leverage stand-point to look like you’re at least considering the possibility of moving. Then again, maybe Zygi is worried that if he threatens to leave, the state will just tell him to get lost. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of sentiment in Minnesota in favor of a new stadium for the Vikings. Yet we’re always hearing how the Vikes are the #1 pro team in the state, much bigger than the Twins, T-Wolves or Wild. Do Minnesota fans deep down just not give a damn about having a pro football team? It almost seems like it.