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MINNESOTA GOV. OFFERS THE "CARLSON DOCTRINE" ON SPORTS

          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).

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