BBAO: Context for Vikings-AEG meeting

We're Black and Blue All Over:

A one-sentence note buried deep within a St. Paul Pioneer Press column caught some eyes around the NFL. Here's what the Pioneer Press' Charley Walters wrote earlier this week: "Spotted at the W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday night were members of Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's management and stadium development team meeting with LA Live! honcho Tim Leiweke and his AEG team that is considering a stadium for Los Angeles."

Let's see. The Vikings have yet to secure financing for a new stadium, and Leiweke is one of the executives behind the proposed Farmers Insurance Stadium in Los Angeles. There is an obvious connection to be made, but Albert Breer of NFL.com reports the meeting was about developing an entertainment district around the Vikings' proposed stadium in Arden Hills, Minn.

We have no particular reason to view the meeting or that explanation with cynicism. But let's also accept, as we noted this week, that interest in and from Los Angeles will only intensify as long as the Vikings' stadium bill remains stalled. That's not fear-mongering. It's an educated assumption based on the real interest of deep-pocketed businessmen in filling the Los Angeles market.

Continuing around the NFC North: