ONE VIKINGS OWNER SAYS HE WANTS TEAM TO STAY IN MN
Wheelock Whitney, one of the Vikings' ten principal
owners, said yesterday that he "expects local interests to
step forward and buy the team," according to Don Banks of the
Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE. Whitney said that "now that the
owners' intentions to sell the team have become public," he
thought "some local buyers would enter the picture."
Whitney: "[T]here are a lot of people who either have the
money or could put a group together locally. But who they
are, I really would feel uncomfortable speculating on."
Currently, former Vikings GM Mike Lynn and former Spurs Owner
Red McCombs are the only bidders interested in "buying the
Vikings and keeping them" in MN. Meanwhile, Timberwolves
Owner Glen Taylor said Thursday that he has "virtually no
interest" in the Vikings (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/31).
NO PLACE LIKE DOME: Vikings President Roger Headrick
said yesterday that the team has "rejected" plans to renovate
the Metrodome and wants to "share a dual-purpose stadium with
the Twins or play in a new football stadium," according to
Seidel & Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The remark
"appears to forcefully interject" the Vikings into the debate
over building a new Twins stadium (PIONEER PRESS, 10/31).