Wilfs plan to appeal judge's ruling

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  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Vikings president Mark Wilf said his family will appeal a New Jersey judge’s order to pay $84.5 million in damages to the former partners who sued for fraud in a long-ago business venture.

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ColorcrayonSep. 26, 1312:30 AM

This just in: The Vikings have requested direct deposit from all Minnesota residents. This will bypass the government and allow a more speedy delivery of the demanded extortion funds.

inowisSep. 26, 13 4:04 AM

In Minnesota, the Vikings wanted a new stadium, and were vaguely threatening to decamp to another state if they didn’t get it. The Minnesota legislature, facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit, extracted $506 million from taxpayers as a gift to the team, covering roughly half the cost of the new facility. Some legislators argued that the Vikings should reveal their finances: privately held, the team is not required to disclose operating data, despite the public subsidies it receives. In the end, the Minnesota legislature folded, giving away public money without the Vikings’ disclosing information in return. The team’s principal owner, Zygmunt Wilf, had a 2011 net worth estimated at $322 million; with the new stadium deal, the Vikings’ value rose about $200 million, by Forbes’s estimate, further enriching Wilf and his family. They will make a token annual payment of $13 million to use the stadium, keeping the lion’s share of all NFL ticket, concession, parking, and, most important, television revenues. After approving the $506 million handout, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, “I’m not one to defend the economics of professional sports … Any deal you make in that world doesn’t make sense from the way the rest of us look at it.” Even by the standards of political pandering, Dayton’s irresponsibility was breathtaking.

inowisSep. 26, 13 4:06 AM

For Veterans Day last year, the NFL announced that it would donate cash to military groups for each point scored in designated games. During NFL telecasts that weekend, the league was praised for its grand generosity. The total donation came to about $440,000. Annualized, NFL stadium subsidies and tax favors add up to perhaps $1 billion. So the NFL took $1 billion from the public, then sought praise for giving back $440,000—less than a tenth of 1 percent.

inowisSep. 26, 13 4:08 AM

In his office at 345 Park Avenue in Manhattan, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must smile when Texas exempts the Cowboys’ stadium from taxes, or the governor of Minnesota bows low to kiss the feet of the NFL. The National Football League is about two things: producing high-quality sports entertainment, which it does very well, and exploiting taxpayers, which it also does very well. Goodell should know—his pay, about $30 million in 2011, flows from an organization that does not pay corporate taxes.

delusiondogSep. 26, 1310:30 AM

The name of the team should be changed to the Minnesota Racketeers. The new stadium could be called RICO Stadium.

pattyzanSep. 26, 1311:52 AM

continued: the Wilfs can dish it out, but the COWARDS cannot take the HEAT!!!

pattyzanSep. 26, 13 1:47 PM

Do you people remember when Denny Green threatened to sue the Vikes if Mc Combs or whoever did not sell him the team? We all thought of this as humorous and nonsense. As much as Green is a jerk, I would bet that we would be in much better shape with him than we are in now. The Fraudsters gotta go!

pattyzanSep. 26, 13 2:06 PM

I didn't know Mark the {marionette} Wilf even speaks. Reminds me of Teller. Of course, no offense to Penn or Teller.

ottlukkSep. 26, 13 8:33 PM

Ah, the Wilfs are going to appeal. Where do the taxpayers appeal? To the legislators who sold them out? The instant that the first wrecking ball hits the Humphrey Dome, the Wilf family is enriched by at least $200 million. What rational person on this planet doesn't believe that the NFL is not trying to distance themselves from the Wilf's, behind the scenes? Look for a new buyer for the Vikings once demolition begins. Mr. Wilf will walk away with a couple hundred million profit, and the NFL will make all sorts of noises about the high standards they hold their owners to. And our stupid legislators will be saying, "hey! what just happened?"

reeksonSep. 26, 13 9:20 PM

One of the defendants has Lou Gehrig's disease and the Wilf's want to string this out even longer with an appeal. These guys are really a class act, for sure. Can't believe this isn't a part of the discussion. You LOST the case - pay up! Karma is a you-know-what.


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