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Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay said Monday the suspension of...

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay said Monday the suspension of the Minnesota Twins ticket buyout has been extended until July 11 because of continued progress in the purchase of the club.

The buyout was suspended May 31 to help Twins president Calvin Griffith complete the sale of the team's majority stock to Twin Cities banker Carl Pohlad.

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Mackay and other members of the business community began raising money earlier this year in an attempt to sell at least 2.4 million Twins tickets for the 1984 season.

That is the number of tickets needed to bind the team to its Metrodome lease for another three years, preventing the club from moving out of Minnesota.

The buyout was launched amid reports the Twins were headed for Florida. A Tampa Bay group completed an agreement to purchase about 42 percent of the Twins' stock, but that agreement has not been approved by major league team owners.

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