Vikings Among Top 10 Most Endangered Teams?
In the wake of the Seattle SuperSonics' recent announcement that the basketball team is moving to Oklahoma City--despite a 41-year history and strong fan base in Washington--ESPN.com compiled a list of 10 other sports franchises whose fans should be nervous about a move. The Vikings made the list at No. 7. Here's ESPN's reasoning:
The Vikings have proposed a $954 million complex to be built in downtown Minneapolis, and a retractable-roof stadium was at the heart of the proposal. But in December, the Vikings and stadium proponents got the cold shoulder from the Minnesota legislature about the idea of the state funding the new building. Afterward, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the issue "needs to be resolved in the near future." The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires in 2011, meaning the team could look at other options very soon.