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THE HUNT FOR A NEW VIKINGS OWNER: MANY MENTIONED AS SUITORS

          The NFL on Wednesday accepted the withdrawal of Tom
     Clancy's $200M bid to purchase the Vikings, according to
     Banks & Parrish of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  NFL
     Commissioner Paul Tagliabue: "I think they're back to close
     to square one, or square one.  There's no transaction
     currently there."  New potential bidders for the team
     include Vikings President Roger Headrick, Twins Owner Carl
     Pohlad and former Spurs/Nuggets Owner Red McCombs.  But one
     Vikings co-Owner said that at least five co-Owners are
     opposed to Headrick buying the team: "I don't think Roger
     can count on but one vote, maybe two."  Pohlad, on the
     Vikings: "I'm interested in talking to them if they're
     interested in talking to me" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/21).   Cowboys
     Owner Jerry Jones said that McCombs "would be good for the
     NFL.  He's talented, substantive and has proven he
     understands sports" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/21).
          OTHER PLAYERS: In Houston, John Williams reports that
     business exec Bob McNair said "he may try to acquire a small
     portion" of the team now that Clancy has pulled out.  Such a
     purchase "would allow McNair greater access to other [NFL]
     team owners," which he said he hopes "would improve his
     chances of attracting an expansion team to Houston."  McNair
     said that after talking with Tagliabue yesterday he "likely
     will ask" to join Headrick's investor group (HOUSTON
     CHRONICLE, 5/21).  In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports that
     one NFL source said he expects T-Wolves Owner Glen Taylor to
     become a Vikings bidder (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/21).  In
     Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that Flyers/76ers Chair Ed
     Snider "might be interested if he could negotiate rather
     than bid for the team" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/21). 
          CLANCY DEBRIS: In Minneapolis, Don Banks cites an NFL
     finance committee member who said that Clancy "not only
     didn't have the extra [$40M] or so that the league prefers
     its owners to have in case of emergency, he didn't have
     close to the money to swing the deal itself" (Minneapolis
     STAR TRIBUNE, 5/21).  Sid Hartman writes of Clancy's partner
     Marc Ganis, "[D]on't be shocked if Ganis ... sues" the
     league (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/21).  A STAR TRIBUNE editorial, on
     Clancy's bid: "[T]he whole affair wound up being a sorry
     fiasco" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/21).  

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