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SPIRIT OF MANITOBA LOOKING TO MAKE CHANGES WITH THE JETS
Published June 19, 1995
After putting down a C$10M initial payment for the Jets -- 53 minutes before Friday's deadline -- the Spirit of Manitoba has two months to structure its deal to conform with Revenue Canada rulings and meet NHL approval. The group must pay the C$22M balance by August 15 to complete the deal (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/17). After Spirit member Charles Spiring expressed the group's desire to have their "own man" in place running the team, "it might have been smart for [Jets GM] John Paddock to resign immediately," writes Kelly Taylor in Sunday's FREE PRESS. Jets President Barry Shenkarow and Paddock are expected to stay on until the deal goes through, and most likely through free agent dealings and the July 8 draft (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/18). DEVIL-MAY-CARE ATTITUDE IN NASHVILLE: This morning's DETROIT NEWS reports that the Nashville TENNESSEAN has only one reporter covering the Stanley Cup Finals. TENNESSEAN Sports Editor Neil Scarborough: "People may want the team, but they don't necessarily want the sport" (DETROIT NEWS, 6/19). ESPN's Nick Bakay satirically compared Nashville and New Jersey. A sampling: "Definition of icing: Nashville, the gooey stuff on top of a moon pie; New Jersey -- a hit by the Gambino crime family" ("Sunday SportsDay," 6/18). Mike Lupica: "It sure sounds like [Devils Owner] John McMullen is ready to go to Nashville. It's an unbelievable sweetheart deal" ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 6/18). In today's N.Y. POST, Larry Brooks writes that it is time for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to tell McMullen "that the league will not support a franchise relocation if it takes breaking a lease to get the deed done" (N.Y. POST, 6/19).