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T-WOLVES' GLEN TAYLOR STEPS UP TALKS ON HAVING TWINS

          After a request from Twins Owner Carl Pohlad, T-Wolves
     Owner Glen Taylor "has begun discussions" with MN
     legislators in the hopes of "getting a stadium built and
     keeping" the Twins in MN, according to Weiner & Whereatt of
     the Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE.  Taylor said that he "intends"
     to buy part of the team, and that he has "already discussed"
     a partnership with Minneapolis publisher and lawyer Vance
     Opperman, among others.  Taylor added that as part of any
     role he plays in stadium negotiations, "he would insist"
     that Pohlad "relinquish" operating control of the Twins, and
     that his participation "is dependent" on a new stadium being
     built.  Taylor: "I think I have to be in a position to have
     the authority if I would be doing the negotiations. ... I'll
     only be in on this to help a stadium get built."   Taylor
     met with Pohlad Wednesday, and said that Pohlad "had been
     told ... by 'a very important person'" at the State Capitol
     that the tone of the Twins' stadium negotiations "might
     change" if Pohlad wasn't the principal owner.  Taylor added
     that he "would not consider" buying a majority interest in
     the team himself (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/17).
          
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