No, the Vikings Aren’t Leaving

Everyone in Minnesota in panicking this week, because the latest Vikings stadium effort failed in the state legislature, and this morning Zygi Wilf’s plane was spotted in Los Angeles. Sid Hartman is fearmongering about an imminent departure, while Mike Florio is snarking about it.
I say now what I’ve been saying since the Vikings stadium debate started:

1. Sid-driven relocation fearmongering is B.S. 99 percent of the time. (Remember this?)
2. L.A. has their stadium act even less together than Minnesota does
3. The Twins came closer to leaving, about 15 different times, than the Vikings are now, and they didn’t leave

Here’s what’ll probably happen: the Vikings won’t leave, this year or next year, and the stalemate will continue. At some point, they’ll announce a tentative deal to move to L.A., everyone will go nuts, and then the legislature will convene and approve the stadium. That scenario is far, far more likely than a move, next year, to a nonexistent L.A. stadium.

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