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REPORTS HAVE RALEIGH CLOSE TO LANDING WHALERS
Published April 29, 1997
Raleigh's "latest flirtation" with the NHL "is starting to look very serious," as Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos said Monday evening that his decision to relocate to Raleigh, N.C. or Columbus, OH, would "come in the next few days." Raleigh's Centennial Authority overseeing the city's planned arena has hired Maryland Stadium Authority Chair John Moag, who was the lead negotiator in bringing the NFL back to Baltimore. Moag "is expected to contact" Karmanos today (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 4/29). The Durham Herald-Sun this morning quotes Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President Harvey Schmitt as saying, "Get ready to lace up your skates." The HARTFORD COURANT's Greg Garber notes "in private conversations in recent days, Whalers executives have taken to speaking highly of Raleigh, while acknowledging problems in Columbus." The Hockey News is also predicting the team will land in Raleigh as the league "does not want to alienate" Lamar Hunt, who is bidding for an NHL team in Columbus (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/29).