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BEAVER COMPLETES KNIGHT MOVES, BUT KEEPS ONE EYE ON TWINS

          Don Beaver completed his purchase of the AAA Charlotte
     Knights from Hornets Owner George Shinn yesterday, but "his
     major-league bid faces significant hurdles," according to
     Dane Huffman of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER.  Beaver did
     sign a letter-of-intent to buy the Twins from Carl Pohlad if
     funding for a new stadium was not completed by November 30,
     '97, and while the deadline has passed, the issue "could
     resurface" when the MN legislature reconvenes in a few
     weeks.  Beaver: "According to our agreement and our letter
     of intent, those situations are over with.  Of course,
     baseball has the final say-so and can overrule or decide
     different.  So in one sense you've got a contract, and in
     another sense, you don't" (NEWS & OBSERVER, 1/8).  Beaver
     said he hoped to be able to present a deal to MLB owners in
     March.  He also "insisted" that his organization is "totally
     focused on the Triad," but added that if a May ballpark
     referendum failed, Charlotte would be the "only next
     choice."  Beaver: "Raleigh, with its college sports teams
     and everything going on up there with hockey, seems to be
     pretty saturated" (Stan Olson, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/8). 

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