Posted May 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Zygi Wilf's patience finally paid off, for himself and the Minnesota Vikings. Despite numerous setbacks in his seven-year pursuit of public financing to help build a new stadium, the Vikings owner never once threatened to move or sell the team in hopes of gaining negotiating leverage. Many thought Wilf would have to make a threat to get things done. But the New Jersey businessman never went down that road, preferring instead to work with lawmakers to ensure that the Vikings remain in Minnesota. The Minnesota Senate approved a bill for a $975 million stadium for the Vikings on Thursday. Wilf agreed to increase the Vikings' portion of the project by $50 million to close the deal. Wilf says he was always focused on keeping the Vikings in Minnesota.
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