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HEART SURGERY FORCES LLEWELLYN OUT OF VIKINGS' PICTURE
Published June 30, 1998
Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Chair J. Bruce Llewellyn "is scheduled to undergo heart surgery today and will not make a bid to buy the Vikings by the team's Wednesday deadline," according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Llewellyn was scheduled to meet with team owners last week, but his trip was postponed because he was admitted to a N.Y. hospital after meeting with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue last Wednesday. Llewellyn had proposed his bid through former Vikings CEO Mike Lynn, who said he would have owned "only a small part of the team" if Llewellyn had been successful. Llewellyn's departure "presumably will leave Lynn out of the bidding picture" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/30). The deadline for bids is 5:00pm Wednesday (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/30).