Wilf Finally Speaks

With just two weeks remaining before the next NFL owners meeting, the official announcement in the change of point man atop the Vikings ownership group is expected soon.

After weeks of questons and innuendo about Reggie Fowler stepping down as the general partner of the Vikings prospective ownership group, VU has been told an official announcement will be made Monday to signal the change in general partner from Fowler to New Jersey land developer Zygmunt Wilf.

For the first time since his name surfaced as one of the partners in the ownership group, Wilf responded to media calls Saturday. He confirmed that Fowler will remain in the ownership group, but that Wilf will be the general partner.

The sale of the team is hoped to be finalized when the NFL owners meet May 23-25 in Hawaii. In the last set of meetings last month, discussion of the Vikings sale was tabled because of a lack of required information -- led by Fowler's inability to produce the $150 million in cash needed to be the general parter.

There is a growing sentiment that, despite the wish of some NFL owners to have Timberwolves head man Glen Taylor as the lead man or a major part of the investment group, that the Wilf-led bid is likely to be approved if they meet the basic conditions set for a franchise sale.

* Talks between the Saints and city officials about improvements to the Superdome have broken off and rumors in the Big Easy have circulated that owner Tom Benson might look to get out of his lease. One such rumor has Red McCombs buying the team and moving it to San Antonio.
* Taylor said this week that he had contacted Wilf about potentially being a part of the ownership group, but, like so many others from Minnesota, his call wasn't returned.
* Coach Mike Tice was scheduled to spend the weekend attending the Kentucky Derby, where longshot Giacomo stunned the crowd with a late charge for victory. A $2 ticket paid more than 50 times the face value -- a markup that Tice would be envious of and surely jesting about with his recent self-depricating humor about selling Super Bowl tickets.

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