As in, the Vikings are going to be moving to LA under a different name. This is probably the last season of the "Minnesota Vikings" for some time. The current Minnesota legislature isn't going to give the Vikings a stadium deal (barring an act of God), and it's going to lead to Zygi Wilf selling the team to a group in LA.
Edit: For reference, it got established a long time ago that if the Vikings ever did move (for whatever reason), the Vikings name and history would stay in Minnesota (similar to what happened with the Browns). So if the Vikings moved to LA, they'd end up changing names and starting with a "fresh" history.
I thought Gov. Dayton was behind an Arden Hills plan and was pushing the legislature. Has that fallen through?
Looks like this is the latest...
You're following this story more closely that I am but isn't this timeline a little aggressive? You really think this could happen next season?
What's the first season that Farmers Field or whatever they're going to call it could be ready? 2014? Do you really think Wilf would go out there and play two seasons in the coliseum?
I don't disagree with your larger point. I wouldn't bet against AP playing home games in LA someday.
The biggest problem is that the Republican legislature (which Dayton can't really influence), is backing referendum based support for the stadium. However, the referendum is practically DOA as it seems incredibly unlikely that the voters would actually pass it. A few key lines of that article that show where the impasse is:
Now, if you're Zygi, does it make *ANY* sense to you whatsoever to sign another one year lease at the Metrodome just to see a referendum fail miserably? When the option is on the table for him to sell the Vikings at (probably) close to a 33% profit on what he bought the team for? Playing in a crappy stadium would be the LA ownership group's problem as they waited for the new place to be built. Something that they probably wouldn't mind, given that their main objective is to get control of a NFL team and have that team play in LA.
(last point was in response to Dehere mentioning about two seasons in relatively crappy conditions)
Minnesota has a long track record of dragging out stadium negotiations as long as possible. The situation with the Twins was so dire that contraction was actually a semi-realistic possibility for them at one point. As a businessman, Zygi Wilf has no real incentive to deal with a legislature that's doing its best to stonewall him - not when he can sell the team for a large profit to an LA based group and wash his hands of it.
I'm rather surprised this isn't getting more attention throughout the NFL or through the media. I had no idea about this until today.