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BATTLE OVER CONTROL HOLDING JETS DEAL IN LIMBO

     "Talks to keep the Jets in Winnipeg have turned into a
battle over day-to-day control" over the team, writes John
Douglas in this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  Douglas reports
that former majority owner and President Barry Shenkarow, who is
selling 42% of his share, wants to remain as president and
governor for at least two years.  Shenkarow will remain as the
largest investor in the team -- at 11% --however, the new
ownership has only offered him a seat on the Board.  Shenkarow
reportedly wants both titles, and "if he can't do both, he
doesn't want to do either."  Sources say that Shenkarow "told his
partners yesterday that if he is seen as the obstacle to a deal
keeping the Jets in Winnipeg, he would leave his shares in the
hockey club but refuse any leadership role."  NHL Commissioner
Gary Bettman has already said he would not favor a sale without
Shenkarow (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/2).  Meanwhile, columnist Scott
Taylor writes that fan interest is waning each day a deal is
delayed (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/2).
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