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MN LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE GAMBLING BILL TO HELP FUND JETS MOVE

     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).
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