Although the two teams were not identified, the Twins, MontrealExpos and the two Florida teams appear to be the most likelycandidates.

The owners face a rising number of obstacles, especially withregard to the Twins. A Hennepin County judge already has orderedthe Twins to honor their lease and play the 2002 season at theMetrodome. The Twins have appealed Judge Harry Crump'sinjunction.

The team and the Metrodome's owner, the Metropolitan SportsFacilities Commission, have until Wednesday to file argumentsbefore the Minnesota Supreme Court. Also, Congress has scheduledearly December hearings to determine whether to strip Major LeagueBaseball of the antitrust exemption that allows it to operate as amonopoly and free from legislative scrutiny.

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