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LATEST BUZZ HAS CHARLOTTE GROUP MOVING TWINS TO SALT LAKE

          Talks between a Charlotte-based group and the Twins are
     "hot," and if the group were to acquire the Twins, it would
     "consider moving" the franchise to Salt Lake City for "a
     year or two while a stadium," financed by NationsBank, was
     being built in NC, according to Charley Walters of the ST.
     PAUL PIONEER PRESS.  One source said Salt Lake City is "just
     a better option."  Another option "being discussed is
     temporarily moving the Twins to a renovated minor league
     stadium in Charlotte" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/17).  
          NO ACTION ON OFFER: The Twins issued a statement saying
     they are studying the most recent offer from the
     Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to drop its
     lawsuit in exchange for a lease extension in Minnesota.  In
     Minneapolis, John Millea writes that it "now appears that
     the next act surrounding" the club's future will be in court
     Monday, when a settlement hearing regarding the lawsuit is
     scheduled (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/17).  In Minneapolis,
     Dan Barreiro writes an open letter to Twins Owner Carl
     Pohlad and states, "It's time to cut the cord with the team
     you love."  Barreiro suggests Pohlad sell the team to T-
     Wolves Owner Glen Taylor (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/17). 
     
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