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JETS STUCK ON RUNWAY; BETTMAN TO MEET ON CANADA'S FUTURE

     The May 1 Midnight deadline came and went as Jets President
Barry Shenkarow agreed to a Canadian federal government request
to delay any decision on the future of the team, according to the
Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  The government has called for a meeting
with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss the future of the
league in Canada.  That meeting, to be held today in Toronto,
will focus on how small-market teams such as the Jets and
Nordiques can survive (David Roberts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/2).
Shenkarow "stopped short of saying the franchise is for sale to
all bidders, including groups from Minnesota.  He said, however,
after two days of continuous and torturous talks, the Manitoba
Entertainment Complex 'didn't have a deal they could put
together.'"  Shenkarow: "I don't know if there's anything the
federal government can do" (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE,
5/2).  MEC spokesperson John Loewen, whose group is trying to buy
the team and build a new arena, said they are "still concerned
about whether it's feasible to buy the Jets and build a new arena
to keep the team in Winnipeg" (CP/Vancouver PROVINCE, 5/2).
     WAIT A MINUTE:  "The stay in proceedings came as a group
called 'Thin Ice,' which opposes public funds for an arena,
issued a scathing analysis of a proposed financing deal" for a
new Jets arena.  The group counters claims that only C$40M in
public funds would go toward the arena, arguing that taxpayers
will have to pay C$131M in cash and loan guarantees and nearly
C$8M a year thereafter to help sustain the arena and the Jets.
The analysis was done by the economics departments at the
Universities of Brandon and Manitoba (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/2).
     FROM ONE WHO KNOWS:  Minnesota's KFAN radio got the rights
to carry tonight's Jets-Kings game.  KFAN Program Dir Mark
Ginther said he told his counterpart at Winnipeg's CJOB when he
first inquired:  "I hate to do this."  Ginther told him that
Minnesota "have been through" what Winnipeg is experiencing now,
and said that the Winnipeg radio exec "was very gracious"
(Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/2).
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