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MN LEGISLATURE'S DEADLINE PASSES; TWINS STILL EYE CAROLINA
Published December 1, 1997
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).