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In Memory of Michael Edward Lynn, III -- Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Oxford, MS
Michael Edward Lynn, III
Mr. Michael Edward Lynn, III, 76, died Saturday July 21, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be held in Oxford, MS on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Semmes officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Waller Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 8th at 4 P.M. at the Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN with a reception following at the Lafayette Club. Born in Scranton, PA, Mr. Lynn served as a Private First Class in the United States Army. Mike's entire career centered around the entertainment industry. He started out as a protégée of Walter Reade, the renowned theater impresario in New Jersey. Upon Mr. Reade's untimely death, Mike moved to Memphis in 1961 to work for Malco theaters. Memphis Mayor, Henry Loeb, asked Mike to coordinate an effort to bring a professional NFL team to the city. Mike formed Mid South Sports Action, Inc. Shortly thereafter, he formed a music production company called Mid-South Productions. In 1974 Mike joined the Minnesota Vikings and became the General Manager and ultimately Managing Partner which covered a span of 17 years. In 1990, he left the Vikings to become the first and only President of the World League of American Football. In 1983 Mike and Jorja had bought the historic Walter Place in Holly Springs, MS and over the course of the next twenty years renovated it along with two additional antebellum homes. The magnificent park he created will now be named in his memory. He also founded the Oxford University Club in Oxford, MS.
WLAF President Mike Lynn and the networks are planning to tone it down.
''We would prefer a delay,'' Lynn said.
United Football League: Archive
FEBRUARY 9, 1991 - A unique player allocation system requiring World League of American Football teams to choose one of 10 predetermined sequences in a draft matrix is revealed by WLAF president Mike Lynn.
These, and other minor issues, will be decided shortly by a subcommittee made up of Al Davis, Tom Benson, Victor Kiam, Mike Lynn, Lamar Hunt, Norman Braman and Dan Rooney.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announces Mike Lynn as the WLAF's new President, replacing Schramm, who was fired. Lynn is currently the General Manager of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and will resign that post as soon as possible. Schramm said he was no longer President because "it reached a point where my philosophy was different than that of the Board of Directors. Rumors surface that Mike Lynn has been told by the WLAF's Board of Directors that he may not keep his positions with the Vikings as well as be President of the WLAF. Also, worries mount that the league will not be able to begin play in 1991. Mike Lynn announces that Albuquerque, New Mexico businessman Gavin P. Maloof is the majority owner of the Birmingham franchise. Lynn resigns as President of the WLAF, citing his continuing association with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings as the major reason. "The position of World League President should be held by someone without National Football League club affiliation," Lynn said.
WLAF History: 1991
A unique-player allocation system requiring World League teams to choose one of 10 predetermined sequences in a draft matrix is revealed by League President Mike Lynn.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Considering the history of alternative professional football leagues, you'd think Mike Lynn might be a little apprehensive about starting the World League of American Football. The action began before a block had even been thrown in anger as World League president Mike Lynn touched down at midfield in a helicopter to deliver the game ball. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The World League of American Football will add at least two teams next season, and there is a good chance one will be located in a city with an NFL team, WLAF Commissioner Mike Lynn said Wednesday. Lynn said there is a possibility the league could add four teams and expand to 14 teams next season. Mike Lynn, under whose stewardship the WLAF launched its inaugural season, resigns as President of the League to devote full time to his ownership duties with the Minnesota Vikings.