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MLB OWNERS MEETINGS, II: TWINS UPDATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

          Twins Owner Carl Pohlad will continue to work on
     finalizing a deal to sell the team to NC businessman Don
     Beaver, according to Neal & Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE.  Pohlad, Twins President Jerry Bell and financial
     consultant Bob Starkey yesterday updated MLB's Executive
     Committee on their progress.  Interim MLB Commissioner Bud
     Selig said that selling the Twins to a new local owner
     "would be fruitless."  Selig: "You change one face for
     another, what does that do?  That club can't survive there
     without a new stadium.  That's all there is to it.  It can't
     generate revenue to survive."  Bell said the team "will not
     wait" for the MN Legislature to come up with funding for a
     new stadium.   Pohlad and Beaver have until March 31 to
     complete their sales agreement, but they "could opt to
     extend the deadline" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/18).
          STRANGE BREW: In addition to the Dodgers sale, the MLB
     Executive Council tomorrow will vote on the sale of the Blue
     Jays to Interbrew, according to Elliott & Zeisberger of the
     TORONTO SUN.  Although the Belgian brewer purchased the team
     in '95, Interbrew never sought approval "because it intended
     to be only an interim owner" (TORONTO SUN, 3/18).
          LONE STAR: Bud Selig said the sale of the Rangers to
     Tom Hicks "would not be discussed at this week's" meetings,
     according to Ken Daley of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Selig
     said that "approval is likely" at the next owners meetings,
     June 9-11 in Seattle (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18).
          THE COMMISH: Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris said that
     MLB's search for a permanent commissioner "will be completed
     before June's owners meetings," according to Hal Bodley of
     USA TODAY.  McMorris said that "there's a group of about
     five outstanding candidates -- more than five."  Names of
     potential candidates were not released (USA TODAY, 3/18). 
     Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner "is imploring" Selig "to
     stop pretending."  Steinbrenner: "I'm for getting Bud Selig
     to accept the job as the chairman of baseball, with Paul
     Beeston as the president and chief operating officer, and
     letting it go like that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18).

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