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Author Tom Clancy May Buy Vikings

February 3, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ An investor group headed by best-selling author Tom Clancy emerged Monday as one of three that could buy football’s Minnesota Vikings.

Wheelock Whitney, one of the 10 current owners of the Vikings, said three bids were accepted Monday and a decision on the sale of the National Football League team would be made Tuesday.

San Antonio businessman Red McCombs and Vikings president Roger Headrick are the primary investors in the other two groups. Clancy’s bid would give him at least 30 percent ownership of the team, qualifying him as the majority owner under NFL rules.

Whitney declined to discuss the terms of any of the proposals. The Vikings’ sale price is expected to be between $200 million and $220 million.

Clancy, the best-selling author of such military thrillers as ``The Hunt for Red October″ and ``Clear and Present Danger,″ was ranked 27th last year on Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid entertainers with an estimated gross income for 1996-1997 of $50 million.

Clancy is a minority owner of baseball’s Baltimore Orioles.

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