ex_goldy wrote:How do people know there won't be a next year?
I think the Wilfs and the NFL have basically said as much. The NFL is of the opinion (as am I) that the state has treated the Vikings as something of a burden rather than a commodity and privilege during the stadium push, which the pisses off the league.
I believe they want the Vikings to stay in MN as we are one of the more popular franchises in the league (mostly because there is nobody directly west, north or south of us until 2-3 states away), we haven't had a TV blackout in something close to/more than a decade IIRC (can't remember the exact date), the team has been generally good--3 NFC championship game trips in 14 years when the NFC has had something like 10 different teams play in the NFC title game since the 1998 NFC title game (Eagles, Packers, Giants, Panthers, Rams, Falcons, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Bears, 49ers) and only the Giants and Eagles have been there as many or more times than the Vikings (Giants 3 times, Eagles 5).
I believe that if the stadium deal doesn't get done or a promise to pass the bill during a special session right after the upcoming election (or something like that) the Wilfs are going to sell and the buyer is moving them out of town.