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LET'S HAVE A "RAP" SESSION: TALKS SCHEDULED ON JETS MOVE
Published October 13, 1995
Minneapolis City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes said yesterday she will convene a group of "key players" to "wrestle" with the notion of moving the Jets to Minneapolis and the Target Center, according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Among those she hopes to bring together are prospective Jets Owner Richard Burke, Target Center Manager/Ogden Corp.'s Dana Warg, representatives of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Timberwolves. Cherryhomes noted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's Nov. 15 deadline for a decision on whether the team could move into the Target Center was "unrealistic," adding a Dec. 14 deadline was possible. Cherryhomes: "We (the Minneapolis Community Development Agency) happen to own the building. The city has no money. And we have seen no numbers. But we have the responsibility to talk, if there's anything to talk about." Cherryhomes also said of Burke's request for additional revenue from the Target Center: "The city has contributed. It's now time for the state or region" (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/13). An editorial in today's STAR TRIBUNE says that "finding a way for taxpayers to support the Jets financially may not be the critical issue. More important may be whether enough fan and corporate support can be generated to maintain four major-league franchises in the Twin Cities area, plus a full slate of University of Minnesota sports programs" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/13).