Hartman: Expect NFL to back Wilfs in stadium snag

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2013 - 12:03 AM

The Vikings owners are confident a lawsuit judgment and a review of their business won’t hinder progress.

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sidhartmannAug. 14, 1310:09 PM

Sour grapes by Dayton - he is scrambling to look tough after authoring the bad Vikings stadium deal.

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rshacklefordAug. 14, 1310:28 PM

(Sid says): "Believe me, NFL owners won’t allow the Vikings stadium to go down the drain. Once it is in operation, the Wilfs and all the other owners will make a lot of money." ---- No...really? The Wilf's testified in court that one of the reasons for stiffing another party of their financial share was that they were "getting too good of a deal." Kind of sounds familiar, right Sid? Getting too good of a deal? Free taxpayer money when the NFL will need this stadium no matter what and make money no matter what. And, cannot move the team no matter what! So Sid, join the rest of the taxpayers and tell the NFL to build it themselves. They can have the gazillion dollars from all of those "other events" that it will host. But, we know those other events won't even cover the cost of that day's electricity bill.

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SeaSharkAug. 14, 1310:47 PM

NEW JERSEY STAR LEDGER-August 5, 2013: Judge Deanne Wilson found that Zygmunt Wilf, along with his brother, Mark, and their cousin, Leonard, committed fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and also violated the state’s civil racketeering statute, or RICO law. The partners, Ada Reichmann of Toronto and her brother, Josef Halpern of Brooklyn, the longtime former on-site manager at Rachel Gardens, are entitled to compensatory damages, punitive damages, triple damages under the RICO statute, a redistribution of revenues dating to 1992 and reimbursement for their attorneys’ fees, Judge Wilson said. “The bad faith and evil motive were demonstrated in the testimony of Zygi Wilf himself,” Wilson said. Wilf’s “candid and credible” testimony detailed how he felt Reichmann got “too good a deal,” and Wilf “reneged” on the arrangement initiated by his uncle, Harry Wilf, back in the 1980s, when construction began on Rachel Gardens, Wilson said. Minnesota government officials' decision to have a private law firm perform a due diligence investigation of the Wilf family's documented business history is prudent and entirely justified by the judgement against them in the New Jersey civil lawsuit, especially considering Judge Wilson's blistering condemnation of the Wilfs' business practices freely admitted under oath by Zygi Wilf.

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drudgemonkeyAug. 14, 1311:11 PM

This is a state that elected Ventura, Bachmann, Franken, Dayton, who knows how many other outliers. Point is, don't be surprised if this takes an unpredictable political turn. Minnesota is known for it. Nothing is final yet, Sid.

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borisAug. 14, 1311:36 PM

Show me the money!!!! AAHHHHHHHahahahahahahah

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Izzy96Aug. 15, 1312:10 AM

"Believe me, NFL owners won’t allow the Vikings stadium to go down the drain. Once it is in operation, the Wilfs and all the other owners will make a lot of money." -- WHEW! That's good. I was worried they'd be able to eat. What were the taxpayers getting out of this deal? And that New Jersey judge? What did she say? "...(The Wilf's) have acted in bad faith and with evil intent..." -- this ought to be worth $200 million back into the taxpayer till, and the same amount lifted from the Wilf Wallet, eh?

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lilcezarAug. 15, 1312:19 AM

Hey Sid, AEG..? really? Do you think they will remain in business after the trial with the Jacksons in LA?

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BCanniffAug. 15, 13 1:40 AM

Real estate sharks fighting over their kills in the New Jersey swamps is how the Wilf's could afford to buy the team in first place. The league stands behind the stadium deal which is an entirely different game. It is a good deal for our state and city which need this stadium.

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guth54Aug. 15, 13 5:43 AM

Hey Sid, tell your good buddy Zygi that I rented the moving van for him. One way rental to LA. He's driving and you are riding shotgun! Ha ha ha.

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RossbergAug. 15, 13 6:29 AM

"... but they believe they will pass the MSFA’s review..." I'm sure they believed they'd win the lawsuit too. Their getting support from the NFL, which stands to make a lot of money from this, is not much of an accomplishment. Neither is the Wilfs' ability to show a "poker face" when discussing the investigation. But it's unlikely that a 4-5 week investigation is going to result in the kind of "Aha!" guidance Gov. Dayton is looking for so the debate and his angst will continue about whether he wants to partner with people we customarily regard as having far lower business ethics than ourselves.

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