Vikings in talks to move to L.A.

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The future home of the Los Angeles Vikings?
The hoopla surrounding the Vikings' billion-dollar stadium deal with Arden Hills sure seemed to fizzle once everyone realized the thing might actually cost taxpayers a boatload of money. So is anyone truly shocked that the Vikings are entertaining anew the notion of moving to Los Angeles?

Come on.

Anschutz Entertainment Group desperately wants a team for its proposed Farmers Field in downtown L.A., and it's offering to take a majority stake in an NFL franchise in order to make that happen.

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The proposed LA stadium. More photos here.
And as recently as last week, AEG was rumored to be in talks with the Vikings -- AEG president Tim Leiweke has confirmed to the Orange County Register that the Vikes are on the company's short list.

"St. Louis, Jacksonville, not extensively, certainly Oakland, San Diego, Minnesota are still in the mix," Leiweke said listing the teams AEG has met with before adding: "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now."

This can't just be a coincidence. The Vikings owners want their new stadium built in Arden Hills with about $650 million in taxpayer support, and it feels like we're back to the usual game of chicken: The owners get what they want or the Vikings go the way of the Lakers and the North Stars.

ESPN's Kevin Seifert reads the tea leaves differently. But if the game actually plays out this way puts Ramsey County and state lawmakers in a hell of a predicament: Send the Vikings packing, or spend taxpayer dollars to help build a stadium for millionaires while the rest of the state goes broke.

Either way, with the stadium bill languishing at the Capitol, we seem to be coming down to the two-minute warning.

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nate3
nate3

C'mon. We all know that Los Angeles fails when it comes to holding an NFL team. They've had and lost two teams already, so what makes them think that this time around is going to fare any differently. If the Vikes do move to LA, i highly doubt if they will be any more successful there than in Minnesota the past 50 years.

JonnyBgood2me
JonnyBgood2me

And you wonder why fans are so dumb - why would you even support a franchise team when they are all too willing to hold you to ransom.  If the state has to build a stadium, the state needs to profit - and that money given to the tax payers not local business people.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Careful Jonny...there is a name for the state making money and giving it to the working class...you don't want Kirk and his retardation making an impromptu visit to this thread do you?

Trickle-down to nowhere!

JonnyBgood2me
JonnyBgood2me

Tax payers means to all those who pay tax, not just working class people.  Fact remains - the government should not be investing this money this way - it benefits the business owners" not the vast majority of society.  American fans who demonstrated and protested for a Twin's stadium where are you?  You pigeons are even filling your stadium EVERY game...  I say, if you want a new stadium, allow the owners, supporters or investors pay for it.  Surely, it's a worthwhile investment, if it generates so much revenue?

Greg
Greg

Let them go,,maybe we can get a REAL team to come here,,

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

An NFL season with no Packer blackouts in Minneapolis w/o Ticket?

YES PLEASE!

Johnny
Johnny

The NFL knows better.  As much as they'd love to have a local team in the #2 TV market in the country, the experience of the past 25 years shows that people don't support actually going to a 'live' sporting event.  The Lakers and Kings pull crowds only when they win.  The Dodgers have their own problems too.  I give any NFL team that moves there no more than 5 years before they move somewhere else.

Anon
Anon

Los Angeles has the proposed "Los Angeles Stadium" (in the suburb of Walnut) and the proposed Farmers Field Stadium (which involves demolishing part of the convention center and building downtown). Both are estimated to cost 0.8-1billion. They'll have more wealthy investors on hand, and not just the team owner and the city like here in Minneapolis. However the city/county's share remains dependent on fiscal situation.

to
to

LA Vikings!  I like the way that sounds

Donny
Donny

Send em away!  Who needs em anyway!

Kyle Babcock
Kyle Babcock

Wherever the Vikings build a new stadium it will have an impact on housing costs. Could be both good and bad for a neighborhood. These are homes listed currently for sale around the Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. http://www.results.net/Search/...

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