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CLANCY'S BID ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER NO-SHOW AT OWNERS MEETING

          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). 

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