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GREEN THREATENS SUIT FOR STAKE IN VIKINGS

In an unprecedented move by a National Football League coach, Dennis Green is threatening to sue Vikings owners who tried to oust him a year ago unless they sell him their interest in the team.

Green's plan to buy controlling interest in the Vikings next month is laid out in his autobiography, "No Room for Crybabies," which was available in the Twin Cities for the first time Thursday.

Although Green falls short of stating he will go through with the plan, the book includes a copy of the lawsuit he would file against the unidentified owners, a stock purchase agreement, a draft of a letter to the team's board of directors stating his intentions, a financing plan and the specific dates when he would put into motion each "phase" of the takeover bid.

The feasibility of Green's plan is highly questionable, considering the sale must be approved unanimously by the 10 principal Vikings owners and the NFL. No team owners could be reached for comment Thursday night. Green refused comment, saying, "I'm not going to talk about the book; we're getting ready to play Tampa Bay." The timing of the book's release is odd. The Vikings are tied for first place in the NFC Central Division and play the Buccaneers, with whom they are tied, Sunday.

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