BOSTON -- Victor Kiam is facing another crisis with the New England Patriots. It could cost the beleaguered Patriots owner control of the team.
The Boston Globe has learned that minority owner Fran Murray has asked Kiam to buy out Murray's 49 percent interest before Oct. 15. By contractual arrangement, made in October 1988 when Kiam and Murray purchased the team from Bill Sullivan, Kiam must answer Murray's financial call or turn over control of the team to Murray.
To meet the call, Kiam would have to pay Murray from $38 million to $40 million.
Kiam, who did not want to discuss the matter at this time, has told friends and other owners in the league that he will be able to "handle" Murray's call. He told another, "I got it covered."