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Vikings co-owners "dismissed" Roger Headricks's attempt to top Tom Clancy's $200M offer for the team, "and are prepared to fire him as team president," according to Don Banks of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. A vote to remove Headrick could take place today. Clancy, on Headrick: "The best legal advice I'm getting is he's dead in the ground with a wooden stake through his heart." An NFL spokesperson said that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will settle the dispute shortly after receiving written statements from both sides. Clancy, in town for a press conference yesterday, said he would reveal the other investors in his group next week and "reiterated that the Metrodome needs some improvements" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/6). In St. Paul, Charley Walters says to look for Tagliabue "to try to persuade" Headrick "to redirect his focus toward buying another team for another city" (PIONEER PRESS, 2/6). OWNERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES: CNN's "Moneyline" examined sports ownership as Lou Dobbs interviewed Clancy. Asked whether he will make money on the deal, Clancy said, "You don't get into a business like this unless you think it's going to make you some money" ("Moneyline," CNN, 2/5).
News Corp.'s ownership of the Dodgers "moved a step closer to reality Thursday" when Rupert Murdoch met with MLB Acting Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss final points of the acquisition and to set up a vote among owners when they meet in March (DAILY VARIETY, 1/6). In S.F., columnist Glenn Dickey writes under the header "Bud Selig Strikes Out Again In Handling Dodgers' Sale" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6)....S.F. Mayor Willie Brown said the city won't contribute any more to the 49ers' stadium and mall project than the $100M bond issue approved by voters in June (MERCURY NEWS, 2/5).... T- Wolves Owner Glen Taylor and his partners are working on a deal to make VP/Basketball Ops Kevin McHale a stockholder provided "he signs a long-term" deal (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/6).
The Packers' ongoing sale of team stock "hasn't reached projections" so they are extending the deadline to purchase the $200 shares until March 16, lengthening the total sales period four months, according to Tom Silverstein of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Packers officials have not revealed how many shares have been sold, "but it's unlikely the total will reach the maximum of 400,000" (Tom Silverstein, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/6).