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WHITMAN DENIES TALKS WITH YANKS ABOUT MOVING TEAM TO JERSEY
Published April 28, 1998
NJ Gov. Christie Whitman said that her administration is "not conducting hush-hush talks" with Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner about moving the franchise to the state, according to Tom Hester of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Whitman said that the talks have "nothing to do with the state government." Whitman: "My understanding from reading the papers -- and that's all I know about it -- is that there are some private investors who have made some overtures." Whitman also "reiterated" her position that NJ would "love to have the Yankees, but the state ... isn't going to build a stadium" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/28). NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani "fired a warning shot" to NJ yesterday, "threatening to go on a sports-team raiding party" if NJ tries to lure the Yankees. Giuliani: "If they're interested in talking to our baseball team, we're interested in talking to their soccer team and maybe a few of their other teams." In N.Y., Tom Topusis writes that the Jets and MLS MetroStars would be Giuliani's "[p]rime targets" (N.Y. POST, 4/28). MAN ON AN ISLAND? In N.Y., Charles Bagli writes that Giuliani "finds himself with few allies" in his effort to build a new West Side ballpark for the Yankees. NY Gov. George Pataki "has not endorsed the plan," while prominent city officials have said that the team "should remain forever in the Bronx." Business leaders "have remained silent" on the issue, not wanting to alienate Giuliani, while "privately expressing concerns" about his plan (N.Y. TIMES, 4/28). Also in N.Y., POST gossip columnist Neal Travis reports that Pataki and other state execs "want nothing to do with the West Side scheme" (N.Y. POST, 4/28).