Depending on who you asked, the Vikings could be sold as early as next week. Unless, of course, that person is Red McCombs.
When VU staffers saw an e-mail with the tag line "Statement From Red McCombs," it was thought it might be news of a tentative agreement with Reggie Fowler. Instead, it was a two-sentence statement -- repeated here in it's entirety.
"None of the media reports concerning the sale of the Vikings are correct," McCombs said. "I am continuing to work with our staff preparing the Vikings for the 2005 season."
With such a short statement and lack of elaboration, VU and others have been forced to try to read into the statement perhaps more than is there and break down what few words were printed. By saying "none" of the reports are correct, some contend that the team is nowhere close to being sold. Others have speculatated that there is a difference in saying "none are correct" and "all are wrong".
The fallout of the comments has given rise to new speculation. These include that McCombs assumed $600 million asking price may go up to $650 million or even $700 million, because any new owner would receive a $100 million windfall in 2006 when the new NFL TV agreements are finalized.
Others continue to claim that Fowler's group simply doesn't have the adequate resources to make the purchase. Still more point out the timing of McCombs announcement -- a day after Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty made a budget proposal that would open a Twin Cities-based casino that would use profits to build stadiums for the Vikings and Twins -- effectively handing the keys over to a new owner. If that is the case, McCombs would have his new stadium, his new revenue streams and considerably more annual profit than the $33 million he made in 2004.
Now all we can do is wait until McCombs statements are more than two sentences.
Man of Few Words
Viking Update Top Stories
Viking Update Mock Draft, Version 2The Minnesota Vikings don’t have a first-round pick, but they will be watching talent come off the board in the first round, including selections by their NFC North rivals.
Viking Update9:52 AM
Vikings decision-makers learning the offenseAs the Minnesota Vikings look to improve their offense, the decision-makers are getting more involved on that side of the ball.
Viking Update4:39 AM
Holler: Peterson's days as a Viking numberedWe will likely find out this week whether Adrian Peterson is a Minnesota Viking or not and the smart money is pointing toward "no."
Viking Update4:16 AM
Cornerbacks: Will Vikings have a need?The necessity for free-agent help at cornerback in a flooded market may have more to do with decisions made internally for the guys they already have.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 7:03 AM