Vikings shun Roski's interest

August, 28, 2008
8/28/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf turned down an invitation to meet recently with Los Angeles developer Edward Roski, who is planning to build a privately funded stadium in Southern California if he can lure a team there.

Several media outlets have reported Roski considers the Vikings one of seven possibilities for moving west. But Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of stadium development and public affairs, told the Star Tribune that Wilf isn't interested.

"They have knocked on our door but we have declined," Bagley said.

Wilf is in the process of refining a $954 million stadium proposal to replace the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season.

It's highly unlikely Wilf will move the team. However, he could choose to sell the team to Roski or another interested party if he ultimately does not receive approval for a new stadium in Minnesota.

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