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Published May 10, 1999
In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner writes an open letter to Vikings Owner Red McCombs offering advice on pursuing a new publicly-funded stadium: "Please, as you crank up the volume on the Vikings stadium debate, address specifics. Please don't insult the intelligence of Minnesota's public and sports fans. We've seen it all, Red" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/10). Meanwhile, fallout continued from the departure of Vikings VP/Football Ops Jeff Diamond, and in Houston, John McClain called McCombs' action in Diamond's exit "a foolish decision at such a crucial time to build support and good will with the media and fans" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/8). One day after Diamond left, the team "fired" his secretary and 32-year franchise employee Roz Sorenson. In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere wrote that McCombs "might be a competent businessman, but he sure isn't a compassionate one" (PIONEER PRESS, 5/9). OTHER NOTES: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made his "pitch" for Patriots stadium luxury seat sales at Citizens Bank's Boston office on Friday (BOSTON HERALD, 5/8).