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CLANCY OR HEADRICK? TAGLIABUE HEARS VIKINGS DISPUTE TODAY
Published February 19, 1998
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).