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WHITMAN DENIES TALKS WITH YANKS ABOUT MOVING TEAM TO JERSEY

          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). 

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