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IN CLARK GRIFFITH'S MIND, TWINS NOT GOING TO CAROLINA

          Minneapolis lawyer Clark Griffith said Friday that he
     and other investors "are poised" to offer $86M in cash to
     buy the Twins, according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis
     STAR TRIBUNE.  Griffith, whose group includes his father,
     former Twins Owner Calvin Griffith, as well as publisher
     Vance Opperman and St. Paul Saints President Mike Veeck,
     among others, characterized his bid as a $134M total offer
     because it would include the assumption of $48M in "certain
     liabilities."  However, Weiner wrote that "it appears" that
     the offer "won't get a serious look" from Twins Owner Carl
     Pohlad and his family.  Pohlad's son, Bob Pohlad: "We've got
     the agreement with [NC business exec Don] Beaver" (STAR
     TRIBUNE, 11/22).  Columnist Sid Hartman: "Pohlad won't sell
     the team to Clark Griffith.  There isn't any love lost
     between Pohlad and the Griffith family" (STAR TRIBUNE,
     11/23).  Twins execs predict "at least" a $3M increase in
     operating losses for the '98 season in MN should the team
     agree to move to NC in '99.  The team estimates it lost an
     estimated $8-10M in '97 (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/24).

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