Advisory Task Force on Professional Sports
Active dates:July 1995-1996
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
Function: The primary mandate of the Task Force was to study the overall impact of professional sports in the State of Minnesota and to make recommendations on how to retain and attract professional sports teams. The professional sports at issue included professional major league baseball, football, basketball and hockey.
The Minnesota Legislature originally established a task force to study the issue of professional sports franchises in 1994, as a part of the Target Center legislation (1994 Minnesota Laws, Chapter 648). However, due to various factors, the Professional Sports Franchises Advisory Task Force was not able to fulfill its duties, and the legislation establishing the task force expired. The Advisory Task Force on Professional Sports was then established by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission in July, 1995 to perform such a study.
According to their 1996 Final Report, The Task Force met ten times, received testimony from approximately twenty witnesses and considered an extraordinary amount of information relating to the status, issues, and trends of the professional sports industry.
Henry J. Savelkoul, Chair, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. See report for full membership.
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