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SBD/September 11, 2013/Franchises
Vikings' Wilf Claims Release Of His Net Worth Would Pose Threat To Family
Published September 11, 2013
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WHERE WERE YOU A YEAR AGO? In St. Paul, Tom Powers wrote, "Minnesota should not move one shovelful of earth for a new Vikings stadium until the Wilf family publicly discloses its net worth." Getting a stadium deal done "remains a good thing, although the state's due diligence was horrendous." The Wilfs "have been on trial for years in New Jersey," and if Minnesota "did know about it, why is there such a panic to revisit the Wilfs' finances following the judgment?" Powers: "Maybe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell showed up at the Capitol and reiterated that everyone here should just shut up and do as they are told, or else run the risk of losing the team. In any event -- whoosh -- this went over everybody's head." It served as a "great full-pressure strategy by the NFL, executed perfectly at just the right time," and if it "weren't for all those unfortunate court judgments, this all might be water under the bridge by now" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 9/10).