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MINNESOTA GOV. OFFERS THE "CARLSON DOCTRINE" ON SPORTS
Published October 30, 1997
MN Gov. Arne Carlson "proposed a comprehensive, albeit sketchy, 'global' approach to the public funding of pro sports in Minnesota," according to Weiner & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. While Carlson offered no new financing ideas, he said that the futures of the Twins, Vikings and the new St. Paul NHL team "should be linked." Carlson: "We're going to have to approach it with a much more global solution." But Weiner & Whereatt write that Carlson's comments "generally ran counter to legislative sentiment," and that some saw his bringing the Vikings into the picture "as another problem for the Twins effort." Carlson said the state legislature should consider a $250M investment in s Twins ballpark; $125M to refurbish the Metrodome and $65M towards the arena for St. Paul's NHL expansion team. Carlson, referring to state legislators: "Stop making silly promises of no public money. Of course, it's going to have public money" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/30). Carlson also floated the possibility of moving the NHL expansion team to the Target Center and building a Twins ballpark in St. Paul. But the NHL team owners "discounted such speculation" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/30). IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL, IT'S ONLY BUSINESS: In MN, Phelps & Tevlin write that after the legislature asked the Twin Cities business and labor communities to support a new Twins ballpark, a survey found "mostly lukewarm response" among union and business execs. Other than luxury suite commitments, the business community "indicated that it would stay largely on the sidelines. And unions said their rank and file reflect the general population's hesitancy to use state money for pro sports" (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/30).