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SELIG IN STEP WITH TWINS, SAYS MLB WOULD APPROVE MOVE TO NC

          MLB Acting Commissioner Bud Selig said that he is
     "confident" MLB owners "will follow his lead and allow the
     Twins to move" to NC, according to Jay Weiner of the
     Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  The Twins signed a letter of
     intent last Friday to sell the team to NC businessman Don
     Beaver and his NC Major League Baseball (NCMLB) group. 
     Meeting with MN Gov. Arne Carlson and a delegation of MN
     state officials in Milwaukee, Selig said, "I certainly hope
     the Twins stay in Minnesota.  But for anybody to think that,
     in this day and age, you can consign an owner to either
     uncompetitiveness or bankruptcy is sheer folly."  Carlson:
     "There are only two options: to build a stadium or not to
     build a stadium" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/7).  NCMLB
     spokesperson Eddie Bradford, on Monday's developments in
     Milwaukee: "This is not a done deal, but it does indicate
     that the owners of major league baseball take North Carolina
     seriously as a potential market" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/7).

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