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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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