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Vikings: Metrodome lease expires in 2011

Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development Lester Bagley says the team’s lease with the Metrodome legally expires at the end of the season. Ted Mondale, head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, says that's not the case.
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Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development Lester Bagley says the team’s lease with the Metrodome legally expires at the end of the season. Ted Mondale, head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, says that's not the case.

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