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HEART SURGERY FORCES LLEWELLYN OUT OF VIKINGS' PICTURE

          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).

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