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BEHRING DOWN: WILL KEN DUMP HAWKS, BUY SHARE IN A'S?

     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).
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