Vikings owners look to keep their family finances from public

  • Article by: Richard Meryhew , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 12:14 AM

Lawyers for the Vikings owners will ask a New Jersey court next week to seal documents with the family’s net worth.

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harrisstevenSep. 3, 13 9:37 PM

Honestly, Vikings fans. Inquiring minds want to know. What would the Wilf's have to do to have you not want to go through with this deal? I'll bet you would be hard pressed to say.

nitetrainSep. 3, 13 9:41 PM

This so called due diligence on the Wilf defrauders is little more than a charade. The outcome has been and continues to be predetermined by Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. This committee seems intent on protecting racketeering law breakers at the expense of the public.

RossbergSep. 3, 13 9:59 PM

The only sensible way to do this is to get access to whatever financial documents are being given to the judge and see if and how they match up with what was given to us by the Wilfs. People who have been convicted of fraud and giving out false financials have forfeited their rights and credibility and should be required to prove every aspect of any reports they are submitting. The character reference being given by the Wilfs' own lawyer is hardly convincing but it reminds us that the only ones willing to give out any references are those who are on the Wilfs' payroll or the NFL which has a vested interest in the outcome of this and has the leverage of the franchise to secure its loan to them. With the possibility of treble and punitive damages this award could theoretically run as high as $200 million or more so it's hard to see how that would not substantially affect their net worth. However, it might be even more important to hear if there are any remaining damning statements left to come from the judge before resuming any negotiations with the Wilfs.

lordhawhaw1Sep. 3, 1310:03 PM

harrissteven; I am a huge Vikings fan, I bleed purple. I saw the blocked punt against the Steelers at Tulane Stadium lead to nothing. I cried after Roger Staubach threw the "Hail Mary" to Drew Pearson. I wept when the Raiders killed the Vikes in the 77 super bowl. I was stunned when Darin dropped the pass in 1987 NFC championship game. 42-doughnut-it was torture. I was there in 98' when we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I collapsed when, "12 men on the field" was called in the Big Easy. There are many fans however who think the Wilfs should build their own stadium and sans that, get out of dodge. I wish the Wilfs and the Vikings well but we no longer have capitalism when government bestows favors that grant certain businesses a "Leg up" on the rest of us.

rshacklefordSep. 3, 1310:04 PM

Please present the following text to Kelm-Helgen, Dayton, Rybak, Rosen, Lanning, Mondale, Bagley, etc each and every day and make sure they read it (preferably aloud too): **** Wilson, who ruled in August that Zygi and Mark Wilf had committed fraud, breach of contract and violations of the state’s civil racketeering statute in connection with the running of a large apartment complex in Montville, N.J., was highly critical of the family’s business dealings, saying at one point that “I do not believe I have seen one single financial statement that is true and accurate.” **** Please do not associate and worse yet, contractually bind, 5.3 million taxpaying Minnesotans with this kind of ilk. The revenue plans have all FAILED and falling back onto all 5.3 million taxpayers to fund these frauds is truly nauseating.

canportageSep. 3, 1310:04 PM

I find it interesting that people hide so many things from others. Is it because they don't trust their fellow man, or is it because they already know that they are getting away with something that their fellow man may have issue with. Seems to me that this would make you not trust your fellow man! Round and round it goes :)

localguySep. 3, 1310:06 PM

Yeah. What business is it of ours? We're only spending $500 million on a stadium for them.

infoninjaSep. 3, 1310:09 PM

Um no, public deal means public disclosure of finances, including the Wilf weasels own personal wealth.

deep2012Sep. 3, 1310:12 PM

Let me get this straight: As a taxpayer, I am supposed to simply pay my taxes for a a project being financed for someone who has been adjudicated a liar and a fraud; The MSFC is not waiting for the decision from the judge who has been on this case for years -- instead trusting...I forget, who is it we are trusting-- the Wilfs?; and finally the Wilfs want their financials kept private in a case they have allowed to drag through the very public courts for more than two decades, while admitting that they "reneged on the deal" because the defendants got "too good a deal"? Who is being paid by whom?

baseball91Sep. 3, 1310:14 PM

This newspaper has done a good job with this story, moving it off the sports page. The lobbyists for professional sports franchises have become the television and radio media itself that covered them, because the networks sold commercial time, because consumers bought their products. And so the collaborators who have served to promote the building of the stadium with public financing. Did you note the spokesman for the Minnesota Vikings kind to express concern to the increase in cost which come from any delay, as the Wilfs might not be able to meet their own share of financing? Because the damages in this case is all that is set to be determined. Liability has been determined with compensatory damages, RICO damages, and punitive damages sought which the attorney for the plaintiffs announced would be 5 time the compensatory damages. I have not read if the RICO damages would be treble damages in this lawsuit. The partner of the state of Minnesota on the public financing of the stadium may be bankrupt on Sept 23rd when the damages are announced. And no one has written about the twenty-ones years of interest on the damages. There is a chance the damages will exceed the $300 million, taking all of this into consideration, in this RICO racketeering lawsuit. The governor is at least looking into the finances of the Wilfs, even if the state legislature never did when passing the bill on public financing.


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