• The NFL requires a 100-foot security perimeter around the new Vikings stadium. “To get that 100 feet from the skin of the building, we have to take out 5th Street,” Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority spokeswoman Jennifer Hathaway told Finance and Commerce this week. So the Vikings had to make a deal with the city of Minneapolis to acquire portions of 4th and 5th streets for additional land near the stadium.
• Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley reports that the new scoreboard is going to cost $10 million-plus, and that will include both the main scoreboard and the LED ribbon scoreboards that will go around the stadium on three different levels. The scoreboard is being built by Daktronics Inc. out of Brookings, S.D., but will be manufactured by workers in Redwood Falls, Minn. Daktronics also has built the scoreboards for Target Field and Xcel Energy Center.
• The Raiders will have quite a connection to the Purple next season with former Vikings linebacker Jack Del Rio as their head coach, Bill Musgrave as their offensive coordinator, Mike Tice as their offensive line coach, Christian Ponder as a backup quarterback and former offensive linemen J’Marcus Webb on the roster.
• The latest mock draft from nbadraft.net has the Wolves taking Jahlil Okafor out of Duke with the No. 2 overall pick. Also in the mock draft is Tyus Jones, the Apple Valley product and Duke point guard, going at No. 22 to the Dallas Mavericks. Rashad Vaughn, who played at Robbinsdale Cooper and officially declared for the draft after one season at UNLV, is at No. 34 overall, the fourth pick in the second round, going to the L.A. Lakers. The website also has the Wolves taking Wichita State shooting guard Ron Baker with their first second-round pick at No. 32.