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Published March 12, 1999
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with prospective and current owners of the Penguins yesterday in N.Y. The meetings will continue today. Bettman met with team co- Owners Roger Marino and Howard Baldwin, Mario Lemieux and a potential new investor Harvey Gainey, who owns MI-based Gainey Transportation Services and lives in Grand Rapids (POST-GAZETTE, 3/12)....In Montreal, Jack Todd writes, "It is all but inevitable now: the Expos will be sold and moved. This will be their final season in Montreal." Todd adds that Expos President & General Partner Claude Brochu "has taken the final steps" to end baseball in Montreal "by being his intractable, niggling, difficult, suspicious, mendacious, evasive self" (GAZETTE, 3/12)....Red Sox CEO John Harrington, on a possible Expos move to the AL and a relocation to the DC/VA area: "It's definitely a problem putting another AL team in the Washington area. ... The preferable thing may be to have Montreal move to Charlotte, ... and not impair Baltimore" (USA TODAY, 3/12)....The ECHL Charlotte Checkers will wear tie-dyed uniforms on "Retro Jersey Night" for Saturday's game against the Pee Dee Pride. The jerseys will also have peace symbols and happy faces on the shoulders (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/7).