VIKINGS STILL ON THE BLOCK: SALE COMMITTEE KEEPING BUSY
The Vikings' three-member sale committee "has met with
several groups interested in purchasing the team, including
some local ownership candidates," according to Don Banks of
the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Vikings Board Member Wheelock
Whitney: "We've gotten a number of inquiries, particularly
since news of the sale became public." Banks adds that
groups from Birmingham, AL, L.A. and Toronto have met with
the committee. A Birmingham group, headed by Dr. Larry
Lemak, "is believed to be close to submitting a bid in the
$200 million range" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/11).
WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT? In St. Paul, Charley Walters
writes that "the word is half of the Vikings' 10 owners will
attempt to remain as passive investors if the team is sold,"
while the other five "are expected to cash out." An
"informed" source said that T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor
"might be interested in joining the new Vikings group as an
active partner," and that Taylor "would want management
input but not as the principal owner" (PIONEER PRESS,12/11).