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BEHRING DOWN: WILL KEN DUMP HAWKS, BUY SHARE IN A'S?
Published February 21, 1996
Although "he won't admit it publicly," Seahawks Owner Ken Behring "appears ready to listen to sales pitches" from potential buyers willing to keep the team in Seattle, according to John Clayton of the Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE. Clayton lists Microsoft Co- Founder Paul Allen, who is "in position to write a check without thinking;" the Nordstrom family; Nike's Phil Knight; and the McCaw Family, owners of Vancouver's Orca Bay Entertainment. Clayton reports that Behring sent for the team's financial records at their WA office "to present to Allen or other potential investors," and predicts that "Allen and Behring probably will sit across the table and discuss numbers." Clayton also notes Behring has talked with former Seahawks partner Ken Hoffman about buying into Hoffman's 50% share of the A's, "so he'll be able to stay in sports" (Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE, 2/20).