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Vikings' Tice Admits to Scalping Super Bowl Tickets

Friday, March 11, 2005; Page D02

Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Tice acknowledged scalping some of his personal Super Bowl ticket allotment last month in violation of NFL rules, according to a report.

"I probably shouldn't have sold my tickets," Tice told SI.com in a report posted on the Web site last night. "I made a mistake. I regret it. I'll never do it again. I'm going to be in trouble. I'll probably get slapped with a big fine."

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will return to play at least one more season for the team in 2005. (Jeff Roberson - AP)

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The revelation came two days after SI.com first reported that Tice was being investigated for allegedly heading up a ticket-scalping operation within the Vikings organization.

Tice did not immediately return a phone message left late yesterday by the Associated Press. The NFL acknowledged Wednesday that it is looking into allegations that Tice scalped Super Bowl tickets.

According to SI.com, Tice told NFL security investigators that he scalped part of his allotment of 12 tickets to this year's Super Bowl. The Web site also reported that Tice acknowledged he scalped Super Bowl tickets as a Vikings assistant coach from 1996-2001, and that he told his assistants this year that they could sell their Super Bowl tickets to a California ticket agency that he has long dealt with. . . .

Brett Favre will return to the Green Bay Packers for the 2005 season.

Coach Mike Sherman said that Favre had informed him that his wife is doing well in her treatment for breast cancer, so he's planning to play at least one more season.

"It came down to his wife, and she's doing well in her recovery," Sherman said. "She wants him to play."

Favre, 35, said after the Packers' playoff loss to Minnesota that he wanted to reflect before committing to a 15th season.

His wife, Deanna, had breast cancer diagnosed in October, a week after the death of her 24-year-old brother in an ATV accident on the Favres' property in Mississippi.

And Favre was still dealing with the death of Reggie White on the day after Christmas, which came about a year after the death of Favre's father, Irv, from a heart attack. . . .

The New York Giants are out of the Plaxico Burress picture and the free agent wide receiver has turned his attention to the Minnesota Vikings, according to Michael Harrison, Burress's agent.

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