Front office move: Mike Kelly will leave the Minnesota Vikings after the season, completing an unsuccessful five-year push for a new stadium.
As executive vice president, Kelly oversaw many areas of the organization -- including those fruitless efforts in the state Legislature to secure funding for a new place to play. Kelly, a lifelong fan of the team who grew up in Edina, said Monday the decision to leave was his.
Though still adamant that the Metrodome generates insufficient revenue, Vikings leadership declared an end to their stadium campaign earlier this season. Lobbyists, including chief stadium consultant Lester Bagley, were told in September their contracts would not be renewed.
Owner Red McCombs has had the team for sale for more than two years, and Kelly said he didn't see many more opportunities to help grow the franchise.
"Right now, I feel like I'm leaving on top," he said.
WE STAY THE COURSE MEN!