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MN LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE GAMBLING BILL TO HELP FUND JETS MOVE
Published May 9, 1995
A group of bipartisan lawmakers in MN yesterday introduced a video gambling proposal that could be used to help a private buyer bring the Jets to Minneapolis. The group said the bill, which would put video gambling machines in bars and restaurants throughout the state, would raise close to $250M a year. MN Gov. Arne Carlson "sarcastically ripped" the new attempt to legalize video gambling, saying he believed the bill was "too conservative." Carlson: "I think you could widen this rascal and put video gambling in every school, every church, every synagogue, on every street corner." Carlson would prefer to sell bonds to finance the team's move, which would in turn be paid off through higher tax revenues generated by the presence of an NHL franchise. An "agreement in principle" to buy the team could be reached this week to give Carlson "specific financial figures as he tries to push" his proposal through the legislature." A group led by health care entrepreneur Richard Burke is considered to be the front runner to buy the Jets. The Burle group is reportedly willing to spend more than $45M of tjhe estimated $60-70M believed to be the price of the Jets. T-Wolves Owner Glen Taylor said he would get involved only if a deal appears in jeopardy (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/AP, 5/9). WHAT HIT THEM? In Vancouver, Kent Gilchrist writes that neither Jets Owner Barry Shenkarow nor new Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon "figured on the intensity or depth of anger and despair the loss of the Jets invoked" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 5/9). Bob Strumm, GM of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder, sees the Jets move leading to a Canadian division of the IHL (Mike Beamish, VANCOUVER SUN, 5/9). NHL CANCELS DRAFT RESERVATION: The NHL has cancelled about 2,500 hotel reservations in Winnipeg that were made for the league's entry draft. The league pulled the draft out of Winnipeg once the Jets deal collapsed (Mult., 5/9). The BOSTON GLOBE's Kevin Paul Dupont floats Philadelphia or Chicago as possible draft sites (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/7).