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WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES JETS PLAN BY A 10-6 VOTE
Published August 11, 1995
A "bitterly divided" city council yesterday decided the Spirit of Manitoba deserves one last chance to save the Jets and take the city and province "off the hook" for financial losses, according to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. The council voted 10-6 to approve the Spirit's business plan under conditions aimed at limiting the city's financial involvement in building a new C$111M arena (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/11). With approval of the C$222M business plan, Scott Edmonds writes the next step for the Spirit is getting an extension on the August 15 deadline to purchase the team (CP/Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 8/11). SPIRIT FACING INTERNAL STRIFE: Several members of the Spirit of Manitoba said a large number of those involved, possibly a majority, may admit failure and vote to end the whole initiative rather than ask the current ownership for a deadline extension, according to John Douglas in the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Recent fund raising efforts have failed to land a single large contribution and nearly two months after "squeezing" Barry Shenkarow out of the deal to keep the Jets in Winnipeg, these members of the Spirit "admitted" the deal will die without him. Members said they need Shenkarow's money and influence with the NHL to keep the Jets in Winnipeg. The city council "opened the door" for Shenkarow's return by passing a motion offering him or any other group looking to salvage a failed Spirit effort the same deal on the table now (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/11).