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Hold On! Vikings Sale Has New Chapter

Minnesota Vikings president Roger Headrick told the Midwest Sports Channel on Wednesday evening that he will not allow author Tom Clancy to buy the team.

"I don't know what Clancy's offer is, but I'm matching it," Headrick told the channel.

Headrick said that under partnership agreements, the Vikings' bylaws allow any of the 10 current owners to match any offer made for the team.

He said any dispute over his rights to buy the team would be ruled on by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The current owners announced Tuesday they had voted to accept Clancy's NFL-record offer of slightly more than $200 million.

Clancy, the best-selling author who made military intrigue a pop-fiction fad, still would need approval from 23 of 30 NFL owners to finalize the deal. Marc Ganis, a limited partner in Clancy's group who represented the author during negotiations this week, said approval could come during the NFL owners meetings March 20-27 in Orlando, Fla.

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