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NFL Files Bizarre Trademark on Duluth Eskimos That Pays Homage to Minnesota Vikings' Throwback Name

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If the NFL were going to expand to a new market with a new franchise, one would likely think it would be turning to the likes of a major metropolitan area like Nashville, Tenn., Portland, Ore., or even Austin, Texas.

Certainly not Duluth, Minn., right?

With that said, a town of roughly 85,000 people, located more than 150 miles northeast of Minneapolis, doesn't exactly come to mind as a potential NFL expansion city.

While this is no way a claim that the league's next expansion team is coming to "The Zenith City," the NFL did file a trademark for the "Duluth Eskimos" on Tuesday morning.

It's seemingly much more likely that we see the Minnesota Vikings roll out some sort of tribute to the Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos – a former NFL team that played from 1926-27 with ties to the Vikings' history. The Eskimos folded in 1927, after the NFL allowed their owner, Ole Haugsrud, to purchase 10 percent of the Minnesota Vikings.

It's also important to remember the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary season this year as well, so paying homage the league's history will likely be commonplace in 2019. Either way, the move to trademark this historic team's name brings some exciting mystery to the league's intentions during this milestone season.


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