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By Minnesota Public Radio

November, 2001

Here is a list of audio ranging from talk shows at Minnesota Public Radio to debates, news conferences, and testimony before various groups. You'll need the RealAudio player to listen.

January 2002

Sen. Dean Johnson outlines prospects for a new stadium (Midday - 1/29/02)

Dean Barkley, director of Minnesota Planning and member of the task force on stadiums, discusses the chances for state funding or financing of a new stadium for the team. Listen. (1/23/02)

Rep. Harry Mares, R-White Bear Lake, sponsor of stadium legislation in 2001, discusses the chances for a stadium bill this session. Listen (1/22/02)

Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, on the mood at the Capitol for stadium legislation. Listen. (1/23/02)

Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission news conference following Appeals Court ruling. Listen. (1/22/02)

The stadium debate - Rep. Mary Liz Holberg - Midmorning (1/17/02)

December 2001

Donald Watkins
Alabama investment banker Donald Watkins has expressed an interest in buying the Minnesota Twins or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was a guest on MPR's Midday. (12/19/01)

Twins owner Carl Pohlad
In an exclusive interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Pohlad confirmed that the Twins and Montreal Expos are targeted for contraction. (12/7/01)

Baseball anti-trust hearings (12/6/01)
Bud Selig's testimony
Gov. Ventura's testimony
Jerry Bell's testimony

November 2001

Jerry Bell, Minnesota Twins President
Bell testified before the stadium task force and linked the building of a new stadium to efforts to eliminate the team. (11/29)

Donald Watkins, Alabama investment banker
Donald Watkins says if his effort to buy the Tampa Bay franchise fails, he'd be interested in buying - and saving - the Minnesota Twins. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer interviewed Watkins. (11/29)

Aron Kahn, sports business reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses the results of the baseball owners' meeting.
Midmorning (11/28)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's news conference following 11/27/01 owners' meeting in Chicago

St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman and Mayor-elect Randy Kelly discuss their effort to attract the Twins to St. Paul.
Midday (11/26)

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, discuss their legislation to provide community ownership of the Minnesota Twins.

Harmon Killebrew, Bert Blyleven testifty at the initial stadium task force hearing.

Kirby Puckett
All Things Considered (11/19)

Atty Michael Ciresi
Midday (11/16)

Marshall Tanick
Tanick is a sports and entertainment lawyer. All Things Considered (11/16)

Denny Hocking
Twins utility infielder and team union representative All Things Considered (11/9)

Bud Selig
Audio of his news conference announcing contraction plans. (11/7)