New Vikings stadium will get club out from under deal with Mike Lynn

When the Minnesota Vikings finally get out of the Metrodome, probably after the 2014 season, they’ll finally get out from under annual payments they’ve been forced to make to former general manager Mike Lynn.

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a terrific story detailing how Lynn, the man who pulled the trigger on the Herschel Walker trade with the Dallas Cowboys, has made huge riches off the Metrodome. The Vikings, earlier this spring, secured a plan for a new $975 million stadium that should be opened in 2016.

While Lynn is well known for making the debacle of a trade with Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson, he’s done further harm to the Vikings with a contract that has guaranteed him 10 percent of luxury suite revenue at the Metrodome since 1979. Consider that for a minute. Lynn has made millions of dollars over the last 22 years when he has not been working for the club.

Murphy has all the interesting details in this case, one the Wilfs will happily get away from soon.

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