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ONE VIKINGS OWNER SAYS HE WANTS TEAM TO STAY IN MN
Published October 31, 1997
Wheelock Whitney, one of the Vikings' ten principal owners, said yesterday that he "expects local interests to step forward and buy the team," according to Don Banks of the Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE. Whitney said that "now that the owners' intentions to sell the team have become public," he thought "some local buyers would enter the picture." Whitney: "[T]here are a lot of people who either have the money or could put a group together locally. But who they are, I really would feel uncomfortable speculating on." Currently, former Vikings GM Mike Lynn and former Spurs Owner Red McCombs are the only bidders interested in "buying the Vikings and keeping them" in MN. Meanwhile, Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor said Thursday that he has "virtually no interest" in the Vikings (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/31). NO PLACE LIKE DOME: Vikings President Roger Headrick said yesterday that the team has "rejected" plans to renovate the Metrodome and wants to "share a dual-purpose stadium with the Twins or play in a new football stadium," according to Seidel & Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The remark "appears to forcefully interject" the Vikings into the debate over building a new Twins stadium (PIONEER PRESS, 10/31).