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POHLAD SAYS SALE ON COURSE; DOES CHARLOTTE WANT IN?
Published November 19, 1997
Twins Owner Carl Pohlad said that he "is committed to selling the team" to a group of investors who plan to move it to NC after next season, according to Patrick Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. In Phoenix, MLB owners appointed a five-man committee Tuesday to guide the team through the "sport's relocation rules and expedite the sale." Committee Member/Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris: "We really don't want to give up on Minnesota. But the bottom line is you have to do what you have to do." Carl Pohlad's son, Bob, said that MLB owners "probably will not take a final vote on the sale until mid-February or early March and that owners could reject" the sale to NC business exec Don Beaver if MN legislators "agreed to build a ballpark by that time" (PIONEER PRESS, 11/19). CHARLOTTE'S WEB: The Charlotte Chamber yesterday hosted "a private meeting for about 15 business and civic leaders who decided to put together a plan to bring baseball to Charlotte, including an uptown ballpark" that could cost more than $200M, according to Moore & Rhee of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The group "found itself in the delicate position of trying to ready a plan -- but not appearing to undermine the Greensboro area's efforts to land a team." Chamber Chair Sharon Decker: "The Triad is sitting in the driver's seat right now. We will look at alternatives if there is a need for one" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/19). Beaver said that he was "encouraged" by the news out of Phoenix and Charlotte: "All of this is a confirmation of our efforts and a signal to move ahead" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 11/19).