Wilfs hit with $85m racketeering fine, still in line to get $1.1b in stadium subsidies

Another shoe dropped yesterday in the Wilf family racketeering case, with a New Jersey judge ruling that the Minnesota Vikings owners have to pay $85 million in fines for defrauding their business partners with “evil motive,” and will face a criminal investigation on racketeering charges.

Deadspin says the Wilfs’ continuing legal mess “could hold up plans for a new Vikings stadium,” but don’t hold your breath: The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has already ruled that since the Wilfs have enough money to fund their share of the stadium, it doesn’t care what funny business they’ve been up to in New Jersey. There’s always a slim chance that the Wilfs will have to sell the team if the racketeeting morass grows too deep, but even if that’s the case, expect some new owner to step in and inherit their $1.1 billion in public subsidies. I’m pretty sure they’d be able to find a guy willing to take that deal.


One comment on “Wilfs hit with $85m racketeering fine, still in line to get $1.1b in stadium subsidies

  1. My precioussss public stadium cash… .no trixie judges will takes it away from us… we hates them!!