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TWINS HUNKER DOWN WITH MSFC EXECS TO DISCUSS LEASE EXIT
Published March 3, 1998
Two Twins execs, two officials of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) and a retired judge will meet today "to argue whether the team can legally end its 30-year Metrodome lease," according to Patrick Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The mediation effort could be a prelude to a "lengthy court fight, or it could lead to a compromise renegotiation of the lease that might keep the Twins in Minnesota for a short time -- perhaps another one to five years." MSFC Chair Henry Savelkoul said that "a renegotiated lease is one option likely to be discussed in the private mediation session." MSFC member Loanne Thrane: "I think we'll get through the mediation and probably nothing will be resolved, and we'll sue." Roger Magnuson, a Twins attorney, "predicted the mediation will last no longer than a day." He "refused to speculate" on the possibility of a compromise, saying the "only issue" is whether the team may legally end the lease (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/3).