Thursday, August 29, 2013
Around the Horns: Progress in Wilf audit
By Ben Goessling
Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily recap of what's happening on the Vikings beat:
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is still saying its review of the Wilf family's finances could delay construction of the Vikings' new stadium. But at least for now, the pace of the audit appears to be picking up.
MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said the stadium authority has "received basically all the financial information" it requested, according to Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune. The MSFA is going back over the Vikings' owners' books as a New Jersey judge prepares to award damages in a 21-year-old lawsuit that could cost the Wilfs millions. The Vikings have said the owners' financial commitment to a new stadium will not be affected by the lawsuit, but negotiations over a lease and development agreement are on hold while the review takes place.
If the process isn't done by Sept. 15, the planned groundbreaking on the stadium might have to be delayed from this fall to next spring, possibly forcing the Vikings to wait until 2017, not 2016, to move into their new digs. But if the pace of the review picks up, the project might stay on time after all; Kelm-Helgen said the progress made in the past two days could shave nearly a week off the estimated completion date of the review.
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