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The Vikings are the most popular team in a crowded market and haven’t had a home game blacked out in 15 years. But putting a team back in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest market, would be a financial boost to the league. Other NFL owners have expressed frustration over the years about the lack of stadium action here.

No move is permissible or practical this year, but there’s always 2013. The Vikings are no longer legally bound by a lease to stay here. They’ve been contacted before by two separate groups trying to lure a team and build a stadium in Los Angeles but have said, for now, they’re not interested in selling.

“But a purchase could happen at any time,” Grubman said.

Relocation notice for any year must be given by Feb. 15. Grubman said the Toronto market is also considered a viable option for an NFL team along with Los Angeles.

Senjem said he still considered it realistic the stadium bill could get a vote in a legislative session that’s likely to wrap up within weeks or less, perhaps even as early as Friday in that chamber’s Local Government Committee. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Bakk _ a stadium backer _ said Democratic members of the committee were willing to give it the votes necessary to keep it alive and moving at the Capitol.

Bakk said the league had a right to come out in support of the stadium bill.

“The only reason we have a competitive team on the field in Minnesota is because of the league’s revenue-sharing that comes to the Vikings‘ owner,” Bakk said. “The other owners probably aren’t very happy about sending a bunch of money to Minnesota to pump up the salary structure of our team.”

Working against the Vikings is sports facility fatigue and the economic downturn. They’re the last team in line after stadiums have been built recently for baseball’s Twins and the University of Minnesota football team. Twelve years ago, a new hockey arena opened.


Campbell reported from Minneapolis. Associated Press writer Brian Bakst contributed.