Fowler Bid Has Short Timeline

The potential sale to Reggie Fowler and his group may have a shorter timetable than many think.

There have been some conflicting reports coming out as to the timetable involved in the potential sale of the Vikings from Red McCombs to Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler and his investment group.

What was initially deemed a 60-day exclusive rights negotiating agreement is likely much shorter than that. VU has been told that if a deal is struck, it may be done as soon as the Super Bowl -- if it's going to get done at all.

For his part, Fowler did a first series of public appearances -- highlighted by sitting courtside at the Timberwolves-Pistons game Monday night at Target Center.

Fowler said he was in town house hunting and is optimistic that not only will a deal get done, but that he will be a full-time, hands-on owner.

VU has been told that all McCombs-related operations have been put on hold -- including the hiring of assistant coaches, determination of a free agent signing policy and the disposition of Randy Moss.

For the moment, the Vikings are remaining mum on the topic. Expect to hear something coming out of the McCombs camp during Super Bowl week -- one way or the other. But, with Gov. Tim Pawlwenty talking about new stadium options tied to opening a Twin Cities casino, the chances look better for a stadium deal to get done -- which might end up giving McCombs some second thoughts about getting out before the big money comes in.

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