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FATE OF NORDIQUES COULD WAIT UNTIL AFTER PLAYOFFS

     A decision by Nordiques ownership on whether to accept the
provincial government's offer of financial aid for the team
"could be postponed" until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs,
according to Curtis Eichelberger of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.
Even if the decision is delayed, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau
"still would unveil the government's offer" when parliament
reconvenes today.  And, according to provincial officials, the
government "needs the team's answer soon" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS,
5/15).  In Vancouver, Mike Beamish writes on the stakes for
Parizeau:   "But the premier of a debt-ridden province forced to
close hospitals and schools is sure to feel another backlash --
if tax dollars are used for a 20,000-seat arena with luxury
skyboxes in an NHL city with the smallest population and
corporate base" (VANCOUVER SUN, 5/16).
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