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ROWLAND SAYS HE WON'T TRY TO STOP WHALERS MOVE
Published January 13, 1997
In a TV interview taped Friday, CT Gov. John Rowland said that he would not oppose a move by the Whalers this year if the proposal for a new facility "does not make sense," according to Jeff Jacobs in the HARTFORD COURANT. Rowland: "Let's make a decision. The Whalers want to know if we're going to build this facility. If we're not, they want to leave early. And I think that's fair. They don't want to have a lame-duck (season). That doesn't serve anybody's purposes." Rowland did not say if he would make the Whalers pay an exit fee. When lease negotiations broke down last spring, Rowland said it would cost the Whalers $30M to break their Civic Center lease. Rowland said the team staying in Hartford is "a 50-50 shot" (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/11). Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos "sounded appreciative," after Rowland's remarks, but said his "No. 1 concern ... is to come up with the best solution to keep the Whalers in Hartford" (Jeff Jacobs, HARTFORD COURANT, 1/12).