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AIRPORT CLOSED: JETS "ALMOST CERTAINLY" NOT LANDING IN MN

     Representatives of the city of Minneapolis, the state of MN
and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission yesterday told
Jets buyer Richard Burke they would not be able to provide public
subsidies to bring the Jets to MN, according to the Minneapolis
STAR-TRIBUNE.  Burke:  "I got involved in this with the hope we
can get it done here.  It doesn't appear that is going to be
possible.  So we'll start looking at alternatives.  At the moment
we haven't talked to anybody else."  Minneapolis City Council
President Jackie Cherryhomes: "We're working on some longterm
solutions.  The time frame the Mr. Burke and the NHL is working
on doesn't fit in" (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 11/3).
     OTHER NHL MOVES?  Al Strachan notes in the FINANCIAL POST
that the Oilers could be moving soon in an attempt to become more
profitable.  According to a "highly placed" source:  "All things
being equal, that team will not be in Edmonton next season"
(FINANCIAL POST, 11/2).
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