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THE HUNT FOR A NEW VIKINGS OWNER: MANY MENTIONED AS SUITORS
Published May 21, 1998
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).