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POHLAD SAYS SALE ON COURSE; DOES CHARLOTTE WANT IN?

          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). 

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