T-WOLVES' GLEN TAYLOR STEPS UP TALKS ON HAVING TWINS
After a request from Twins Owner Carl Pohlad, T-Wolves
Owner Glen Taylor "has begun discussions" with MN
legislators in the hopes of "getting a stadium built and
keeping" the Twins in MN, according to Weiner & Whereatt of
the Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE. Taylor said that he "intends"
to buy part of the team, and that he has "already discussed"
a partnership with Minneapolis publisher and lawyer Vance
Opperman, among others. Taylor added that as part of any
role he plays in stadium negotiations, "he would insist"
that Pohlad "relinquish" operating control of the Twins, and
that his participation "is dependent" on a new stadium being
built. Taylor: "I think I have to be in a position to have
the authority if I would be doing the negotiations. ... I'll
only be in on this to help a stadium get built." Taylor
met with Pohlad Wednesday, and said that Pohlad "had been
told ... by 'a very important person'" at the State Capitol
that the tone of the Twins' stadium negotiations "might
change" if Pohlad wasn't the principal owner. Taylor added
that he "would not consider" buying a majority interest in
the team himself (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/17).