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VIKINGS STILL ON THE BLOCK: SALE COMMITTEE KEEPING BUSY
Published December 11, 1997
The Vikings' three-member sale committee "has met with several groups interested in purchasing the team, including some local ownership candidates," according to Don Banks of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Vikings Board Member Wheelock Whitney: "We've gotten a number of inquiries, particularly since news of the sale became public." Banks adds that groups from Birmingham, AL, L.A. and Toronto have met with the committee. A Birmingham group, headed by Dr. Larry Lemak, "is believed to be close to submitting a bid in the $200 million range" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/11). WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT? In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes that "the word is half of the Vikings' 10 owners will attempt to remain as passive investors if the team is sold," while the other five "are expected to cash out." An "informed" source said that T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor "might be interested in joining the new Vikings group as an active partner," and that Taylor "would want management input but not as the principal owner" (PIONEER PRESS,12/11).