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CLANCY OR HEADRICK? TAGLIABUE HEARS VIKINGS DISPUTE TODAY

          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will hold a hearing
     this morning to decide if the Vikings' $200M sale agreement
     to Tom Clancy stands, or whether team President Roger
     Headrick has the right to top or match Clancy's bid, as he
     contends, according to Don Banks of the Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE.  A decision "could come by early next week."
     Meanwhile, Headrick "has stopped communicating with his
     fellow owners about the team's business," including re-
     signing OT Todd Steussie and DL John Randle to $22M and
     $32.5M deals, respectively.  Banks writes that there are "no
     indications that Clancy, who at this point has no financial
     power over the team at all, has any problems with the free-
     agent signings" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/19).  But in
     his SportsZone column, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that
     Vikings sources say Clancy and his partner, Marc Ganis,
     "have complained to the Vikings' partnership and the NFL
     that Headrick's recent spending spree ... is incongruent
     with the team's business practices prior to the sale of the
     club."  Several partners "have asked Headrick to curtail his
     free-agent spending until the ownership issue is settled
     because they are concerned that Clancy might have a right to
     modify the purchase terms" (ESPN SportsZone, 2/18).

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