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MN LEGISLATURE'S DEADLINE PASSES; TWINS STILL EYE CAROLINA

          A November 30 deadline for MN Legislature to approve a
     new stadium passed without a deal, and potential Twins Owner
     Don Beaver's representatives said that "the sale process is
     proceeding as planned and that they're preparing to promote
     the Triad [NC] region to owners of major league teams,"
     according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
     Twins President Jerry Bell: "It's now up to Major League
     Baseball to decide."  Beaver spokesperson Eddie Bradford
     said that the final purchase agreement "could be ready" to
     be presented to MLB "as early as this week."  Beaver's
     attorney George Little said that he "doesn't expect" MLB's
     final approval to come until May 5, when Triad voters hold a
     referendum to raise restaurant taxes 1% to help fund a $210M
     stadium.  Phillies Chair Bill Giles, a member of MLB's Exec
     Council, said he would approve a Twins move "only if there
     is 100 percent certainty that they will get a proper
     facility.  If it's maybe they'll get it, then they won't get
     my support" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/30).  Beaver:
     "Nothing changes. ... I'm confident that we have a letter of
     agreement" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/1).  

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