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CLANCY MEETS WITH TAGLIABUE, DETAILS OWNERSHIP BID ON VIKES

          Tom Clancy's pursuit of the Vikings "remains on track"
     after a two-hour meeting Monday with NFL Commissioner Paul
     Tagliabue, "but it appears likely to extend beyond next
     week's owners' meeting in Miami," according to Paula Parrish
     of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  NFL VP/Communications Greg
     Aiello said it is uncertain whether the owners will formally
     vote next week on Clancy's bid to buy the Vikings.  Clancy
     spokesperson Marc Ganis said Clancy's group presented a
     package detailing 19 investors who comprise the group; the
     percentage of the team each investor would own; and the
     financial and operating structure of the group.  Ganis said
     actor Tom Selleck is not an investor (Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE, 5/12).  In DC, Leonard Shapiro reports that while
     the NFL described the meeting as "constructive," league
     sources said that Tagliabue "still had many of the same
     concerns he had before the meeting" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/12).
     In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes to "count on" Clancy
     selling his 24% interest in the Orioles, worth an estimated
     $50M, in his bid for the Vikings (PIONEER PRESS, 5/12). 
          A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER? In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere
     writes that there are "league-affiliated people with
     concerns about Ganis' involvement" in the deal.  Sansevere:
     "The word is, people around the NFL worry that Ganis is fond
     of litigation and fear he'll sue if things don't go his
     way."  Ganis, whose Sportscorp Ltd. consults on facility
     development, said that during yesterday's meeting, the "only
     issue with respect to me that came up (had to do with)
     conflict of interest. ... If there are projects the league
     feels conflict, I'll bow to the league."  Ganis, asked if
     he'd step aside if he somehow was hindering the deal: "Don't
     even bother asking the question" (PIONEER PRESS, 5/12).  
 
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