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HOUSTON BUSINESS EXECS REPORTEDLY SHOW INTEREST IN VIKINGS
Published January 5, 1998
Houston business exec Robert McNair and IHL Aeros Owner Chuck Watson, partners trying to return the NFL to Houston, "have spoken with the Vikings about purchasing the team," according to Paula Parrish of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Citing a Houston Chronicle report, Parrish wrote the two plan to resume talking to the Vikings after the playoffs, and have told people around the league that they are interested in any team that is for sale (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/3). SALE TALK: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reported that Vikings President Roger Headrick "is working to get a group to buy the team that will keep him in his present position. Rumor is that he has a group in Birmingham, Ala., interested" (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/4). In St. Paul, Charley Walters wrote that "word is" Headrick "has NFL backing in trying to acquire financing." While former Vikings GM Mike Lynn has interest, Headrick "contends Lynn, who floundered when the NFL put him in charge of its world league several years ago, has 'zero' chance" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/4).