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POHLAD CALLS TWINS-TO-NC TALKS THE "REAL DEAL," NOT A "PLOY"
Published September 19, 1997
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).