NORDIQUES OFFICIAL DENIES "WAVERING" AMONG TEAM OWNERS
In Denver, Curtis Eichelberger reports that majority owner
Marcel Aubut is "encountering resistance" from two of his four
partners to selling out to Comsat Video and moving to Denver.
Due to "recent public sentiment" in Quebec against the sale of
the team, Metro-Richelieu, a wholesale grocer and supermarket
chain, and Le Fond de Solidarite des Travailleurs de Quebec, a
labor union -- "are wavering" (ROCKY MOUNTIAN NEWS, 5/13).
Nordiques spokesperson Jean Martineau said reports the team's
five major shareholders were split on whether to accept the
government's offer "were off base." Martineau: "Solidarity is
strong among the owners" (CP/Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/13).
Nordiques ownership is expected to inform provincial officials
today whether they will move the team (Curtis Eichelberger, ROCKY
MOUNTIAN NEWS, 5/14). In Vancouver, Tony Gallagher writes, "If
Denver doesn't get the Nords, they are slated to become the
second expansion team announced. You don't keep people like
Comsat waiting for long, or they start and televise their own
league" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 5/14).