[size=18px]Ex-Vikings owner might invest if Marlins go to Texas[/size]

By Sarah Talalay
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted March 8 2006


Former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs, a San Antonio billionaire, said Tuesday he might be willing to buy a minority stake in the Marlins should the team move to San Antonio.

San Antonio officials are making a serious pitch for the Marlins and are planning to submit a stadium-financing plan to the team this week. The leader of the effort to lure the Marlins, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, has made local investment in the team a stipulation of a move.

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McCombs, who said he believes the city can easily support a Major League Baseball team, said he didn't know how large an investment he might make, but would seriously consider it "if it would accomplish Mr. Wolff getting the team here."

"We'd have to see what the economics actually are," said McCombs, who sold the Vikings to Zygi Wilf last spring and has previously owned the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets. "My primary interest is in seeing San Antonio has an opportunity to secure a franchise."

The Marlins would be willing to accept local investors if a move were to occur.

The Marlins say they would prefer to stay in South Florida, but with no stadium deal, the team is considering other cities to ensure it has a new home by the time its final option year at Dolphins Stadium runs out in 2010.

Ex-Vikings owner might invest if Marlins go to Texas