PAYTON, MJ AND OPRAH NOT SO SWEET ON BUYING THE BEARS
Walter Payton, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey each
responded to a Friday report that they were part of a group
trying to buy the Bears, according to Dan Pompei of the
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Payton: "I am not looking in the very
near future to be the owner of a football team. ... I don't
know how this got started." Winfrey's Harpo studio issued a
statement that said, "Oprah is not interested in buying any
sports team at this time" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/15).
Jordan: "I've always said I'd never own a team. I'm going
to hold true to that, because I can't afford to pay that
money to all those athletes" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/15).