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MN ATTORNEY GENERAL GOING AFTER MLB'S ANTITRUST EXEMPTION?

          Twins Owner Carl Pohlad and Acting MLB Commissioner Bud
     Selig have received questions from MN Attorney General
     Hubert Humphrey III "seeking information that could be the
     basis for an attack" on MLB's antitrust exemption, according
     to Weiner & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Twins
     President Jerry Bell: "It's a let's-go-after-antitrust
     things (questionnaire).  They're fishing, is what they're
     doing."  MLB Dir of PR Rich Levin said questions for Selig
     were forwarded to MLB's lawyers.  Weiner & Whereatt write,
     "Exactly what avenues Humphrey is pursuing are unclear." 
     Traditionally, MLB's exemption "has served to limit
     franchise movement, not encourage it."  Potential Twins
     buyer Clark Griffith said that he's "concerned" about
     challenging the exemption, adding that it "is of enormous
     benefit" to MN baseball fans (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/7).

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