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VIKINGS FACING FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS OF METRODOME

          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).
     
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