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 Will the NFL's Minnesota Vikings move to Birmingham?

 
  

February 1979

  
         
    National Football League logoMike Lynn, the General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings, announces they are seriously considering moving from Minneapolis. Lynn named Birmingham, Los Angeles and Phoenix as potential sites for relocation.

Max Winter, controlling owner of the Vikings, said he will move if a domed stadium isn't built. Two years ago, the legislature passed a bill providing a new facility for them, based on a 2% tax on liquor sales. However, the legislature is currently trying to repeal the bill. The Vikings lease of Metropolitan Stadium expires at the end of the 1979-80 season. "After that date, we have no legal obligations, whatsoever, to say here," Lynn said.

On Birmingham's position, Lynn said, "Personally, I haven't been in touch with anybody from Birmingham. However, in talking with Mr. Winter the other day from his home in Hawaii, he did say he had talked with somebody from Birmingham."

A. E. (Pee Wee) Burgess, one of the main investors in the World Football League's Birmingham Americans, insists they aren't as serious as they claim. "They are just rattling their sabers. They're just mentioning us - along with those other cities - in hopes people up there will give them what they want. They're not moving here - or anywhere else. And besides, they can't without the approval of the NFL. And they won't get that - you can be sure of that," Burgess said.

  
         
  

Epilogue

  
         
      In 1981, the Minnesota Vikings moved into their new home, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   
         
 
 

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