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SPIRIT OF MANITOBA MEETS WITH NHL IN NEW YORK
Published July 21, 1995
Spirit of Manitoba officials met yesterday with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a session that "opened a line of communication between the Winnipeg group and the people who will have the final word on whether professional hockey stays in Manitoba," writes John Douglas in this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Spirit officials, including Chair Alan Sweatman and President Cam Osler, told the league about their plan to raise C$80M, including C$30M for an endowment fund to cover the team's future losses until a new arena is built. NHL VP/Public Relations Arthur Pincus stressed that Bettman does not have the final say on the Jets deal. However, Pincus said Bettman is "a pretty good hammer to have on your side if you've got to go before the board of governors" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 7/21).