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STAVRO: MLG NOT INTERESTED IN BRINGING JAYS INTO THE FOLD
Published August 13, 1998
Maple Leaf Gardens Chair Steve Stavro "denied in a rare interview yesterday that the hockey club plans to bid" for the Blue Jays in an effort to bring Toronto's four main pro teams "under the same umbrella," according to Geoff Baker of the TORONTO STAR. Stavro: "I have no interest in it because we have enough on our plate." MLG already controls the Leafs and Raptors and is finalizing construction on the new Air Canada Centre. More Stavro: "I have respect for the sport of baseball, just no interest in the game itself" (TORONTO STAR, 8/13). In Toronto, Robert MacLeod reports that one source close to MLG said that rather than purchase the Blue Jays outright, the Gardens is more interested in a scenario in the which the Blue Jays and its current ownership would join the Leafs and Raptors "under one umbrella organization" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 8/13). EXPLORATORY TALKS TOOK PLACE: While Blue Jays Chair Sam Pollock says the sale of the team is not imminent, "initial discussions with a prospective purchaser did take place three months ago," according to a report in the OTTAWA SUN. In May, members of a group interested in buying the Jays flew to N.Y. to meet reps of Interbrew SA, which owns the team. Pollock: "There's nothing on the table today. But I can't answer about the future" (OTTAWA SUN, 8/13).