Paolantonio Clarifies Bisciotti Comments NFL Owners Caught Off Guard By Leiweke Hiring Rupp Arena Set For $15M In Tech Upgrades NFL's New Air Policy Could Work In Brady's Favor Beckham Group To Pay For Resident Relocation NFL Continues European Branding Efforts Tod Leiweke To Become NFL COO Coyotes, Suns Discussed Sharing New Arena Steelers Likely To Submit Super Bowl Bid Bisciotti Denies Pressuring Goodell On Brady
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).