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ARE THERE GREEN PASTURES IN VIKINGS OWNERSHIP FUTURE?
Published October 24, 1997
In an "unprecedented move" by an NFL coach, Dennis Green "is threatening to sue Vikings owners who attempted to oust him a year ago unless they sell him their interest in the team," according to Jeff Seidel of the St. Paul PIONEER PRESS. Green's plan to buy a 30% controlling interest in the team is outlined in his autobiography, "No Room for Crybabies," which was available in the Twin Cities for the first time Thursday. Although Green stops short of "stating he will go through with the plan, the book includes a copy of the lawsuit he would file against the unidentified owners, a stock purchase agreement, a draft of a letter to the team's board of directors stating his intentions, a financing plan and the specific dates when he would put into motion each 'phase' of the takeover bid." In his bid, Green would remain head coach and be named GM, while Roger Headrick would remain team President (PIONEER PRESS, 10/24). GREEN WITH ENVY: In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere writes that Green "knows how to end a book with a bang, not to mention a threat of blackmail." Sansevere: "Once team owners read the book, Green might not be coming back. The reaction of people threatened with blackmail always holds a certain amount of intrigue. Green could be fired for his attack on team owners" (PIONEER PRESS, 10/24). On CNN/SI, Ed Werder added that Green's book also "addresses incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, claims he's been unfairly criticized because of his race, and complains that certain members of the team's ownership group have deliberately undermined him." Green, on the book's timing: "I'm not on a promotion tour, and I won't be. ... [I]n my opinion if you write a book, you take the time to write it, you should release it when it's done. And so it's done" (CNN/SI, 10/23).