Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Now at the Table in Relocation Roulette Game; NFL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Now at the Table in Relocation Roulette Game; NFL

Article excerpt

The Vikings are embroiled in a fight for a new stadium that may jeopardize the franchise's 51-year tenure in Minnesota.

And if you think that's just a local story, think again. The situation could be a preview of showdowns in St. Louis, San Diego, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Oakland in the coming years. NFL officials have said repeatedly that the league isn't interested in expansion, and with cities including Los Angeles and Toronto among those that could host a team, it creates a situation in which the threat of relocation will hang for some time over locations faced with franchise demands for a new stadium.

"Having an available, hungry market is not a bad thing when you're negotiating," sports business consultant Marc Ganis said.

NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman recently said he has a list "longer than my arm" of interested buyers in cities "all over the place," but named only Los Angeles and Toronto as viable markets for the league. …

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