Tice Not First To Scalp

As Commissioner Paul Tagliabue visited the Twin Cities Wednesday, he commented on Mike Tice, who looks to get by much easier than a previous high-ranking scalper.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue confirmed what VU had been told a couple of weeks ago when visiting the Twin Cities Wednesday -- Mike Tice likely won't be suspended for his role in scalping Super Bowl tickets. The word VU heard was a fine was going to the be the punishment -- likely between $50,000 and $100,000.

From where we sit, Tice is getting off relatively easy. There was a precedent set, but that was a criminal matter and not an internal investigation.

In 1980, Dominic Frontiere, at the time the husband of then-Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, was busted after scalping 2,500 tickets to Super Bowl XIV. His punishment? One year and one day in jail, a $15,000 fine and three years probation. No matter how you look at it, Tice gets by easy with his penalty -- even if it is a stiff fine.

THURSDAY NOTES
* Tagliabue had good things to say about the proposed Vikings stadium site in Blaine and it is hoped his visit will energize stadium supporters to get movement on the issue.
* Here's hoping former University of Minnesota running back Marion Barber doesn't read Pro Football Weekly. In the annual draft guide, Barber is listed as the ninth-best running back prospect. But, in the pre-draft issue of the newspaper, his name has been completely omitted from the draft rankings list. Don't worry, Barber fans. He's fine.

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