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WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL TO DECIDE TODAY ON GRANTING MORE FUNDS
Published August 9, 1995
Spirit of Manitoba President Cam Osler told Winnipeg City Council the Spirit of Manitoba will "give up" their quest to keep the team in Winnipeg if the Jets' majority owners do not extend the deadline to buy the team to August 31, according to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. If the extension is granted, the Spirit will need a C$1M advance from the city for pre-construction technical work to keep construction of a new arena on schedule. The city has pledged C$37M for the new arena (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/9). NAY-SAYERS: At a meeting yesterday between the Winnipeg City Council and the Spirit of Manitoba, Winnipeg External Auditor Ken Houssin said there is no guarantee the Spirit can hold down players' salaries to such a level that the Jets can survive in Winnipeg. A City Council Committee reported the Spirit may have to sell the Jets by 2000 if their revenues fall short by 10% per year and players' salaries escalate at the same rate (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/9). FANS CAUTIOUS: Scott Taylor reports fans "aren't beating down the doors" to buy season tickets for the Jets next season due to concerns over the movement to keep the team. Jets VP of Communications Mike O'Hearn: "Our season ticket sales have just surpassed the 4,000 mark. That's terrible" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/9).