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Prophet
06-29-2005, 04:30 PM
ZYGI'S NEPOTISM RAISES EYEBROWS
29 June 2005

As the Wilf family overruns the Vikings' front office, some folks around the league are wondering whether new ownership is putting too many non-football people in prominent roles.

A trio of Wilfs will be running the show as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and President. Between them, they've got no experience running a football team.

Though it's not quite the Clampetts in Beverly Hills, a bunch of New Jersey real estate guys moving to Minnesota and talking over a chronically underachieving football team could be the premise for a network sitcom -- and it likely would be better than 80 percent of the 30-minute crap currently offered over the airwaves.

The concern in some league circles is that, even though the non-football guys don't have titles that typically are part of the football business, the Wilfs (or is it Wilves?) won't realize their limits, a la Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

As one league source consistently has explained to us, far more important than knowing what you know is knowing what you don't know. So successful owners know to let the football guys do the football thing, and successful owners know to stay away from football decisions.

It's hard to do, to be sure. Owners are successful guys, and football often looks easy to an outsider. So the challenge for the Triple Word Score clan will be to take care of the business side of the operation -- and to stay the hell away from the football side of the business.

We think they can do it. If they realize how important it is that they do.

LInk (http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm)

michaelmazid
06-29-2005, 05:50 PM
hmmmm. Good read. I hope that wilf doesn't run the vikes into the ground.

DarrinNelsonguy
06-29-2005, 05:51 PM
Could be an issue but let's hope not.

NordicNed
06-29-2005, 06:21 PM
Come on guys,

This guy wilf, is a buisnesses man, and thats what the NFL is today "Buisness"...

If Wilf can do for the Vikings, what he's done in realestate, we are headed for some happy times....

I'm sure he will surround himself with those that DO KNOW FOOTBALL...This equals Championships.....

I'm glad he is the owner, and I take his word at this time that he intends to make the best of it with his family, fans, and team...And not to mention Future Heirs to his mega bucks.....

Everyone else is being negative, because their AFRAID

Prophet
06-29-2005, 06:31 PM
Yeah, I say more power to him. It looks like the perfect relationship, mutually beneficial. He can use his real estate prowess to build up his fortune with a new stadium and all the related money making ventures associated with this endeavor.

I agree that he will surround himself with people that are knowledgable about the game when needed. It appears that he didn't make his fortune by being an idiot.

Times are looking up for the Vikes.

Banana_Fish
06-29-2005, 06:44 PM
Its FOOTBALL!! How can anyone not "know" football??? He isnt gonna make play calls during the game.. he isnt going to sub-in for bennet and carry the ball in superbowl... give him a break! He is a rich guy... very rich guy who "owns" the team and will be making executive decisions. I recall the media bashing on some owner(dont remember who).. for being a football guy.. and intruding too much into the running of the team... The media has a problem with anyone and everyone!

Vikes
06-29-2005, 06:54 PM
Here we go!!!!!!

NordicNed
06-29-2005, 07:07 PM
"michaelmazid" wrote:

hmmmm. Good read. I hope that wilf doesn't run the vikes into the ground.

Hey Michaelmazid,

The only thing Wilf will run us into is, that podium, where they hand him and the team that great big silver trophy... :grin:

V-Unit
06-29-2005, 07:44 PM
"Banana_Fish" wrote:

Its FOOTBALL!! How can anyone not "know" football??? He isnt gonna make play calls during the game.. he isnt going to sub-in for bennet and carry the ball in superbowl... give him a break! He is a rich guy... very rich guy who "owns" the team and will be making executive decisions. I recall the media bashing on some owner(dont remember who).. for being a football guy.. and intruding too much into the running of the team... The media has a problem with anyone and everyone!

How can anyone not know football??? Of course people can not know football. Donald Trump is an amazing businessman, he wasn't a good USFL owner. Treating football solely like a business is what McCombs did, that is why he was a crappy owner. We need someone who knows and cares about football. Owning a sports franchise has two goals. One is to make money and the other is to WIN. Sometimes, those goals don't run parallel to each other, especially when making executive decisions. Assuming any good businessman makes a good NFL owner is a very, very bad assumption.

Prophet
06-29-2005, 08:08 PM
Ideally, Zygi will make some skins doing his real estate stuff and look at the Vikings as more of a hobby. We need an owner that is willing to fork over the coin and and is a football fan. He must demand excellence from the team and get rid of the people that are subpar and underperformers. There are plenty of times that money should be spent and there is no direct return on the investment like in some business ventures that are not sports-based.

Redneck being gone is enough of a reason for celebration to me.

NordicNed
06-29-2005, 08:09 PM
I based my statement, on Statements made by Wilf himself...

He wants this to be a future venture for him and his heirs.....So with that in mind, he is approaching this in a good way....

Red was in it stricktly for profit, I don't see Wilf doing the same at this time...
Yes you are correct with your take V-unit, but I believe Wilf has good intensions and he will lead us to Valhalla...

NordicNed
06-29-2005, 08:10 PM
PS: Name me one owner in the NFL that is Not a Buisness man or women.........

I guess it all comes down to, how the owner play's the game....

COJOMAY
06-29-2005, 09:08 PM
I think the offices that the Wilf family holds are more of the "financial" end of the business of the team. He has said that he will not make any moves on the "football" side of the team until he has had a chance to evalute them. That means at least part way if not all the way through the season. I do expect some changes in football personnel after the season but I don't look for the wilf family to appoint themselves into these position.
As others have said, you don't spend $600 million on a hobby. This is a money making venture for them. Look at old Red, he walked qway with $80 million a year in his pocket from the Vikings not counting the sale profits. There is big money to be made and big money to be spent and I'm sure Wilf, like any good businessman, is going to watch the $$$$$$ very carefully. Each oen of these guys has a stake in the business side of the team.

ultravikingfan
06-29-2005, 10:38 PM
"VikingNed" wrote:

PS: Name me one owner in the NFL that is Not a Buisness man or women.........

I guess it all comes down to, how the owner play's the game....

The Rooneys.

Their sole business is the Steelers I believe.

ultravikingfan
06-29-2005, 10:39 PM
"Banana_Fish" wrote:

Its FOOTBALL!! How can anyone not "know" football???

A lot of people try to act like they know football. Even some of the PP.O members.

http://www.smilies-and-more.de/pics/smilies/hands/018.gif

akvikefan89
06-29-2005, 10:42 PM
He can't be worse than Red Because he actually cares about winning :cheers:

Del Rio
06-29-2005, 10:42 PM
I'm not losing sleep over it until his handicapped cousin is our head coach.

Prophet
06-29-2005, 10:54 PM
"Del Rio" wrote:

I'm not losing sleep over it until his handicapped cousin is our head coach.

I didn't know Tice was related to him.

http://images.sportsnetwork.com/football/nfl/allsport/vikings/tice_mike2.jpg
The Meathead says that S Corey Chavous and CB Brian Williams will both be in training camp "with their heads on straight." (Coming from a guy with two bolts in his own neck, we figure he knows what he's talking about). Compliments of Mike Florio

akvikefan89
06-29-2005, 10:55 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

"Del Rio" wrote:

I'm not losing sleep over it until his handicapped cousin is our head coach.

I didn't know Tice was related to him.

http://images.sportsnetwork.com/football/nfl/allsport/vikings/tice_mike2.jpg
The Meathead says that S Corey Chavous and CB Brian Williams will both be in training camp "with their heads on straight." (Coming from a guy with two bolts in his own neck, we figure he knows what he's talking about). Compliments of Mike Florio
Same thing in some star tribune artical :grin:

Ltrey33
06-29-2005, 11:02 PM
That Dan Snyder reference makes me shudder. :pale: