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AS RED DAWNS ON VIKINGS, IS ROGER HEADRICK OVER AND OUT?

          Red McCombs officially closed the deal on his
     acquisition of the Vikings yesterday, according to Souhan &
     Banks of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Shortly thereafter,
     Vikings VP/Marketing & Development Stew Widdess resigned,
     "and there were signs pointing to the imminent ouster of
     outgoing CEO Roger Headrick."  McCombs Enterprises President
     Gary Woods assumed Headrick's former title of team President
     yesterday while finalizing the $206M wire transfer from
     McCombs to the outgoing 10-person ownership board.  Woods
     then met with Headrick.  He did not dismiss him, but "did
     not rule out the possibility such a move could be made today
     or by early next week" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/21).  In
     St. Paul, Tom Powers reports that Widdess "had been told by
     Woods and McCombs that they weren't happy with the marketing
     operation" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/21).  Woods said that
     Vikings VP/Administration & Team Operations Jeff Diamond's
     role "will probably increase" (PIONEER PRESS, 8/21).  

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