Jewish World Review March 17, 2003 / 14 Adar II, 5763
Not exactly the kind of news baseball wants
When baseball owners get together in phoenix later this week,
they may find there are fewer options then they originally
thought for finding a solution to relocate the Montreal Expos.
Bud Selig and his fellow owners had hoped to create a bidding
war between Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Portland,
Oregon for the vagabond Expos. But it appears that won't
happen anytime soon. Oregon's governor killed a plan that
called for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde pay for a
Portland baseball stadium in exchange for some land in the
Portland area to build a casino.
Meanwhile, Robert Johnson appears to lost some of his
enthusiasm in buying the Expos and relocating the team to
Washington. Complicating matters is that Washington might want
to want to put on spending cap on the public's investment in any
There are still others interested in bringing
baseball back to Washington, but financial constrains may
hinder the efforts. Meanwhile, Virginia is no closer to building
a stadium for a team.
All of this is not exactly the kind of news baseball wanted in
its efforts to relocate the Expos.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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