Tice scalped Bowl tix?

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Mike Tice may have scalped himself out of a job.

SI.com reported Tuesday that the coach of the Minnesota Vikings is being investigated by the NFL for allegedly heading up and profiting from a Super Bowl ticket-scalping operation.

According to the report, two investigators from the league's security staff were in Minnesota on Tuesday and questioned Tice and running backs coach Dean Dalton, as well as other club personnel.

"They were in there here talking to me and others about how we deal with our Super Bowl tickets, and how they're distributed," Tice told SI. "I'm confident when the league finishes looking at this, everything will come out fine. It's a shame assumptions are being made about my role in this. I did not approach any player about Super Bowl tickets as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings."

The NFL requires all players, coaches and club personnel who buy Super Bowl tickets to sign a release stating they will not re-sell them at a profit.

While it is well-known around the league that scalping Super Bowl tickets is widespread, the situation in Minnesota is different because it involves the practice being orchestrated by the coach.

After the Vikings were eliminated by Philadelphia in the divisional round of the playoffs in mid-January, Tice organized the re-selling of Super Bowl tickets for players and club employees, according to the report.

Each NFL player has the right to purchase two Super Bowl tickets at face value, which were either $500 or $600 this year, depending on seat location. According to the report, those who gave Tice their tickets received $1,900.

SI.com also reported Tice began the process of re-selling Super Bowl tickets long before being named the team's coach in January 2002. He has been an assistant with the team since 1996.

According to the report, Tice also berated one Vikings veteran player late in 2003 for asking teammates if he could buy their tickets. Tice allegedly accused the player of trying to "backdoor the head coach."

The NFL's lowest-paid coach at $1 million per season, Tice, who is 23-25 in three seasons, is entering the final year of his contract. He was under scrutiny after the Vikings faded late last season but managed to guide the team an upset win at Green Bay in the wild card round of the playoffs.


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