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Pohlad says hearing will sway Twins
by Charley Walters

Monday, July 20, 1998 -- Twins owner Carl Pohlad said Sunday he has not made up his mind whether to accept a two-year Metrodome lease from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Sunday that Pohlad plans to work out a lease with the commission for the next two years at the Metrodome.

``There's nothing new,'' Pohlad said. ``Everything is maybe. Everybody's trying to find a solution, but there's nothing that's any different that I know of.''

The Pioneer Press reported Sunday that Pohlad said he had ``no idea what we'll do,'' referring to a settlement hearing today before Hennepin County District Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum regarding the sports facilities commission's lawsuit trying to block the Twins from exercising an escape clause in their Dome lease after this season.

The Twins will wait until after the morning hearing to decide whether to accept a lease proposal from the commission.

Pohlad had confirmed Sunday that a handful of Charlotte investors attempting to buy the Twins met with him Thursday in Minneapolis. The Charlotte group would consider moving the Twins to Salt Lake City, home of the Twins' Class AAA minor league club, for next season and possibly the 2000 season, while NationsBank finances construction of a major league baseball stadium in Charlotte.