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Bagley: 'No point' in filing notice to relocate

Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley says there is "no point" in the team filing a notice of relocation with the NFL. The deadline for such a notice is Wednesday, but Bagley and the Vikings believe they have momentum with state lawmakers to build a new stadium.
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Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley says there is "no point" in the team filing a notice of relocation with the NFL. The deadline for such a notice is Wednesday, but Bagley and the Vikings believe they have momentum with state lawmakers to build a new stadium.

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