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ROGER HEADRICK WON'T BACK DOWN AND HE WON'T GO QUIETLY
Published February 5, 1998
Throwing the sale of the Vikings "into a state of confusion," team President Roger Headrick said late Wednesday that he had submitted a counter bid of $205M, topping the offer of Tom Clancy, according to Banks & Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Headrick said that under the team's partnership agreement, he has the right of first refusal to match any offer from outside parties, and that any dispute over the right-of-first-refusal clauses would go before NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Headrick: "They (Vikings co-owners) are screwed. I put these guys in heaven and now they're licking their chops with all the money in Clancy's bid. They got their money but they don't like me." Headrick's co-owners "reacted in stunned amazement." Co-owner Philip Maas: "Just off the top of my head I would say, yes, it does sound like it is within his right" (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/5). In MN, Sid Hartman writes that Headrick "is tight" with Tagliabue and "might have some support in the league" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/5). Clancy: "The board has agreed to accept my bid. That's it. ... If Mr. Headrick wants to (fight the deal), he should have thought of that when he made his initial bid. He had his chance and he blew it" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/5).