I find it strange when people say that the Vikings organization has never said that they plan to leave Minnesota if their Wilfare demands of $650,000,000 (before interest) are met.
Look no further than this tweet to see that this is simply not the case:
The Vikings set the end of this year as an ultimatum date for meeting their ransom demands of $650,000,000 (plus interest). Pat Kessler reports it. The Minnesota Vikings Wilfare support Twitter account, @MNMomentum, then retweets Kessler’s tweet.
I suppose it is true that the Vikings are not specifically saying WHY they MUST have their Wilfare demands met by the end of this year. Optimistically, here are a few things that might mean. If the Vikings Wilfare demands aren’t met, perhaps they could:
1. Sign a new contract at the Metrodome and get back to focusing on winning football games.
2. Decide to build a new stadium with their own money.
3. Put together a proposal that relies upon personal seat licenses rather than a sales tax.
4. Find a new owner for the team who’ll commit to a vision that the Minnesota Vikings should remain the MINNESOTA Vikings.
Or, perhaps Wilf will do what Vikings fans fear most: Put his personal greed ahead of the interests of Vikings fans by moving the team to a different market.
Out of those five scenarios, which one do you think the Vikings are referring to when they say that their ransom demands must be met by the end of this year?