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Published September 15, 1997
Vikings President Roger Headrick spoke before the NFL Management Council and told members "how difficult it is for the Vikings to remain competitive," according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Headrick was "very upset" when Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Henry Savelkoul "killed any chance of building a new multipurpose stadium for the Vikings and Twins," and "is equally upset" that officials "can't agree on a price to sell the Met Center land so that the Vikings ... could get some reduction in rent for the Metrodome." Headrick: "I have not explored the possibility of the Vikings moving to Cleveland, [L.A.] or Houston and don't have any plans to do so. The NFL doesn't want franchises to move" (STAR TRIBUNE, 9/14). CNN's Peter King reported that if the Twins get a ballpark deal, the Vikings "will be forced to move; there's a lot of skepticism in that organization, whether they can last in Minnesota. If the Vikings move, I think there's no question it will be to Cleveland" ("NFL Preview," CNN, 9/14). NO THANKS: The Vikings "rejected" a $50,000 offer from WFTC-Fox to buy the remaining tickets for Sunday's game to lift the local blackout (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/13).