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EXECUTIVE DECISION: VIKING OWNERS CONSIDER BOOTING HEADRICK
Published February 6, 1998
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).