The Minnesota Vikings moving to Los Angeles is being discussed, but it really sounds like a ploy for Vikings owners to get a new stadium for the team back in Minnesota. It has long been known that the current ownership group for the Minnesota Vikings wants a new stadium, and they haven’t been quiet about requests to get it made. Now strong rumors of a possible relocation are surfacing, and maybe it’s time fans take notice that a move is actually quite possible. Just ask the Cleveland Browns, who didn’t think their owner would just abandon them a few years back, moving his team to Baltimore.
According to ESPN, two different groups have approached the Vikings to talk about relocating them to Los Angeles area. This information was announced by Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley, and it could force the hand of a city that has to offer incentives to keep an NFL franchise happy. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has been using the current stadium rent-free, playing in the Metrodome as he watched former residents get new stadiums for themselves. That included the Minnesota Twins and University of Minnesota football team, both of which have nice new places to play.
The impression is being broadcast that the Vikings are intent on staying in Minnesota, and just want a new facility where there is a better revenue stream to conduct business. It sounds exactly like what Clay Bennett told the fans of the Seattle Sonics before he abandoned efforts to build a new arena and moved his team to Oklahoma City. Maybe that is exactly what Wilf and Bagley are hoping for here, because if they can get the fan base worried enough, they might just get that stadium faster than if they put the work into it themselves.
Los Angeles has already seen two NFL franchises come and go, with the Rams and Raiders formerly residing in the city. There is some frustration from other fans around the league, who feel Los Angeles had its chance and proved it couldn’t support a major football team. That makes many believe Los Angeles shouldn’t get another chance, even if a good ownership group were to come along. With LA still being one of the biggest television markets in the country, though, it seems inevitable that the league would try to get a franchise back into the city. Whether it will be the Minnesota Vikings that reside there will be debated and discussed as an immediate option.