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  • EXECUTIVE DECISION: VIKING OWNERS CONSIDER BOOTING HEADRICK

              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). 
         
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              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).
    
    

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  • SHORT OF THE FIRST-DOWN MARKER, PACKERS EXTEND STOCK SALE

              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).  
    
    

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