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WITHOUT REVENUE SHARING, JETS COULD MOVE TO MINNEAPOLIS
Published October 20, 1994
Target Center Exec Dir Dana Warg said that after a recent phone conversation with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, "the stars are in the right direction" for the Winnipeg Jets to move to Minneapolis next year. The city of Winnipeg, which has been subsidizing the team, has until May 1, 1995, to decide whether to build an arena to keep the NHL franchise viable. Warg: "My guess is that they won't." New Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has expressed interest in having a second tenant in the Target Center (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/19). Winnipeg Deputy Mayor George Fraser said keeping the Jets in Winnipeg is a "razor-thin deal" that hinges on a resolution to the current labor dispute that includes a salary cap. Fraser added that if a league-wide cap is not put in place, "then Winnipeg will be the first city to make the decision to give up its NHL team. And it will soon be followed by other Canadian cities" (Scott Taylor, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/20). A source close to Jets' President Barry Shenkarow called Warg's assertions of a move to MN "garbage" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/20). FLY AWAY JETS: In Winnipeg, Val Werier criticizes the city for spending $8.5M a year to keep the team: "If this an example of how we spend our money, it is clear where the priority should lie -- for the services of the less affluent citizens and not to underwrite in part the huge salaries of the Winnipeg Jets, eight of whom are in the millionaire class" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/20).