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CLANCY'S BID ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER NO-SHOW AT OWNERS MEETING
Published May 19, 1998
Prospective Vikings Owner Tom Clancy on Monday "asked for and was denied a one-week delay to address the NFL's concerns about his finances," according to Don Banks of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue instead gave Clancy "until the close of business Wednesday" to provide written response to the league's concerns. Clancy's group had been expected to make a preliminary presentation before the NFL's Finance Committee Monday at the league meetings in Miami, but neither Clancy nor his partner Marc Ganis attended. Saints Owner Tom Bensen, on Clancy's absence: "If I were him and I was that interested, I'd be here. That might send a bad message (otherwise)." Ganis told Banks: "It didn't really make sense for us to come down there. All we were going to do is say the same thing we said to the commissioner last Monday (in New York)" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19). NFL Oilers Owner Bud Adams: "We really have a lot of questions ... and even as prolific as (Clancy) is, I'm not sure that he can write fast enough to answer them all" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/19). CLANCY REAX: In Minneapolis, Paula Parrish reports that Vikings co-Owners Wheelock Whitney and Jaye Dyer indicated Clancy's bid to buy the team "is all but finished" after his no-show. Dyer: "From what I can put together, it sounds like (his bid) is deader than a doornail" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19). In Minneapolis, columnist Patrick Reusse writes that "it has turned out Clancy was a fraud" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19). In St. Paul, columnist Bob Sansevere writes that "even wackier than Clancy are the current millionaire owners of the Vikings. What were these folks thinking? A better question: Were they thinking?" (PIONEER PRESS, 5/19).