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MINNEAPOLIS-The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the public entity that runs the Metrodome, has put off a vote on a settlement with the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball until it has more time to review the deal. Under a proposed settlement, the Twins would stay in Minnesota at least through the 2003 season–in otherwords, the team would not be on baseball’s list of teams to be eliminated for the 2003 season, according to three people familiar with details of the proposed settlement.

Court rulings favorable to the commission kept the Twins from being disbanded this year, and many believe the suit represented the biggest obstacle to the team’s elimination next year or in future years if plans for a stadium are not finalized.

Keeping the team in Minnesota through 2003 would give legislators a chance to pass another bill next year if the current one, passed earlier this month, doesn’t lead to funding or fails to clear other hurdles.

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