As Minnesota's frustrating stadium situation presses on without viable funding, the NFL appears to be prepared to reveal a list of prospective cities to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Eric Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of business operations, brought the possibility further into the light on Wednesday, and offered yet another gut punch to fans by pointing out what the not-quite-shot down bill means to the organization.
"This was portrayed as having support and likely to pass as recently as a couple of weeks ago," said Grubman. "So this will come as quite a blow. This is quite a blow.
There are plenty of willing buyers. I think the Wilfs do not want to sell the franchise, but I think there is a point where they probably would be open-minded," he added. "I would not be surprised if [NFL commissioner Roger Goodell] tells the governor, if he asks, what other cities are interested."
While it seems obvious that the Wilfs don't want to sell the team, pretty soon that preference might not matter without proper funding in place. Time, it seems, is ticking away here as bills are continuously shot down. Until something big happens, Minnesota Vikings football could conceivably be on its last legs. Stay tuned with SB Nation Minnesota's StoryStream for more stadium updates.