ARE TWINS TAYLOR MADE FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT?
Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor met with the Pohlad
family this week "and discussed the possibility of buying
into Carl Pohlad's Twins as part-owner," according to Sid
Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Taylor: "I want to
do anything I can to help the Twins get the new stadium so
they can stay here." Neither party would discuss the
meeting, but a source told Hartman that "while little
progress was made, Taylor and Pohlad might meet again."
(STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10). In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner reports
that the MN Legislature's special stadium task force
recommended that the state contribute $250M to stadium
construction, "with slot machines at Canterbury Park
racetrack and Minnesota Lottery proceeds as the main funding
sources." The state's contribution would be part of a $411M
retractable-roof ballpark. The host city and county would
kick in a combined $50M, and the Twins would be responsible
for raising $111M in private money (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).
FROM THE VIKINGS: Meanwhile, Vikings President Roger
Headrick denied an ESPN report that quoted him as saying
that if the Twins get a new stadium and the Vikings don't
receive any legislative help to remodel the Metrodome, the
team will leave MN. Headrick: "I didn't mention anything
about moving the franchise." The STAR TRIBUNE's Sid Hartman
reports "talk" that MN-based Lyle Berman and Stan Taube are
ready to make a bid for the Vikings (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).