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SALE OF JETS DELAYED; CAN THEY FIT IN TWIN CITIES MARKET?
Published October 10, 1995
The sale of the Jets to MN businessman Richard Burke was delayed until sometime this week, according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE. Weiner reports the "complexity" of the deal is the reason with Burke insisting it is not in jeopardy (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/7). Meanwhile, in Sunday's STAR- TRIBUNE, Weiner examined the troubles Burke faces as he tries to carve out room in the Twin Cities market for a hockey team. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is scheduled to address area business and political leaders tomorrow, but Weiner notes while the Jets are the area's "best and last chance" to get an NHL team, there are several problems. There is "limited economic room alongside the Wolves in the city-owned Target Center," and the Jets situation has taken a back seat among many who are "more worried about saving the Twins." Burke has told political leaders he needs around $5M a year to make the Jets viable at the Target Center. Weiner rates the chances of the team opening next year at the Target Center at 50-50 -- the same chance of the team moving to Nashville or San Diego (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/8). This morning, Weiner reports Warlock Whitney, who attracted the Twins to MN in '61, is leading the charge to obtain $20M in state funding for the Jets (STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/10). The Jets drew a non-sellout 13,914 to their home opener, and only 7,856 in their second game. L.A. TIMES columnist Mike Penner notes the irony of one Winnipeg Arena dasherboard ad -- "Winnipeg Allied Moving and Storage" (L.A. TIMES, 10/10).