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POHLAD CALLS TWINS-TO-NC TALKS THE "REAL DEAL," NOT A "PLOY"

          A "feisty" Carl Pohlad said Thursday that his effort to
     sell the Twins to NC businessman Don Beaver is "no bluff,"
     according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
     Pohlad, after meeting with Beaver for the third time in two
     days: "This is a real deal.  We're moving ever closer to an
     agreement."  Asked if the negotiations were "a ploy to
     pressure" the MN Legislature to build a new ballpark, Pohlad
     said, "Nothing could be further from the truth.  Why would I
     go through the charade of doing all this, if it's a phony
     deal, of spending hours and hours on this?  I don't care
     whether people believe me or not.  I'm going about my
     business" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/19).    
          FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: In MN, Sid Hartman writes that
     Pohlad has "many good friends in the banking business in
     Charlotte."  Hartman: "Pohlad seldom makes a deal unless he
     gets something thrown in.  If the Twins wind up in
     Charlotte, it wouldn't be a surprise if Pohlad receives
     stock in one of the big banks there" (STAR TRIBUNE, 9/19).
          MORE BALLPARK WOES? In MN, Robert Whereatt writes that
     the possibility of "legislative consensus on one financing
     plan" for a new Twins ballpark "seems to be drifting away."
     Gov. Arne Carlson, who "has pushed" for a new ballpark,
     expressed "some dismay Thursday when asked if it could be
     turned around" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/19).
 
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