HEART SURGERY FORCES LLEWELLYN OUT OF VIKINGS' PICTURE
Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Chair J. Bruce
Llewellyn "is scheduled to undergo heart surgery today and
will not make a bid to buy the Vikings by the team's
Wednesday deadline," according to Jerry Zgoda of the
Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Llewellyn was scheduled to meet
with team owners last week, but his trip was postponed
because he was admitted to a N.Y. hospital after meeting
with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue last Wednesday.
Llewellyn had proposed his bid through former Vikings CEO
Mike Lynn, who said he would have owned "only a small part
of the team" if Llewellyn had been successful. Llewellyn's
departure "presumably will leave Lynn out of the bidding
picture" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/30). The deadline for
bids is 5:00pm Wednesday (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/30).