The future organization of the scouting department may be in question, but the business operations side of the Minnesota Vikings should remain fairly stable.
One day after the annual NFL draft, the Vikings announced the signing of the four vice presidents overseeing business operations to three-year contracts. The four executives are Lester Bagley, public affairs and stadium development; Steve LaCroix, sales and marketing; Steve Poppen, finance; and Kevin Warren, operations and legal counsel.
"We feel that we have a young and talented group that has provided strong leadership in our daily activities," said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf. "These four men have been instrumental in the transition for our partnership group as we approach our first anniversary of ownership."
Bagley has been associated with the team since 2000 as a public affairs consultant and has served in his current role as the point person on stadium issues since 2005. LaCroix is entering his sixth season with the team and has overseen record-setting numbers in sales and sponsorships, according to the Vikings. Poppen enters his seventh season with the Vikings since joining the team as director of finance in 1999. Warren joined the team in 2005 after previously holding executive positions with the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.
"As we build for the future of the franchise, we place a premium on stable leadership and continuity," said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf. "We are fortunate to have talented executives in place and want to reward them for their hard work and dedication."
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