COULD ST. PAUL BE THE ONE TO BRING IN THE JETS?
St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman met with NHL Commissioner Gary
Bettman in New York yestrday to "explore ways" to bring the Jets
to St. Paul, according to today's Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.
Coleman said later Bettman would consider such a move, but still
called the bid "a long shot." Coleman's staff has been working
with officials from the Civic Center to determine the revenue
available to Jets Owner Richard Burke and how to finance
improvements. The Civic Center has no luxury suites, "a prime
revenue source," and a move "could hinge" on the issue of public
subsidies -- a demand that "sunk efforts" with the Target Center.
Suites and ad revenue "would be expected to figure prominently in
any St. Paul incentive package," and Coleman said the city should
know within two to three weeks whether a deal is possible
(Lonetree & Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/16).