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JETS MAY BE HEADED FURTHER SOUTH THAN MINNEAPOLIS
Published April 24, 1995
If Manitoba Entertainment Complex, the group trying to buy the Winnipeg Jets, cannot come up with a deal by their May 1 deadline, the team may not be headed to Minneapolis, but further south to Atlanta, according to this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Kelly Taylor reports, "This past weekend it became apparent that Minneapolis is no longer in the race." Taylor reports that the MN Commissioner of Trade & Commerce took a poll of state legislators late last week and found that "there isn't a lot of public support for the purchase of a hockey team." Target Center Manager Dana Warg, who has met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about attracting a team, has "made it clear" that to get the $65M-$75M needed to buy the Jets, public support is needed. Taylor writes that likely Atlanta owner Ted Turner would rather have an existing franchise than pay for an expansion franchise (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 4/24).