Jewish World Review July 21, 2003 / 21 Tamuz, 5763

Evan Weiner

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The days of spending public money for a taxpayers supported stadium are ending


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Any way you look at it, Friday was a terrible day for the business of Major League Baseball.

The Arlington County, Virginia Board of Supervisors' told the Virginia Stadium Authority that it will oppose any rezoning requests sought to build a baseball park and that may just about end Northern Virginia's bid for the Montreal Expos.

The Virginia Baseball Authority identified three sites within Arlington County, which is across the Potomac from Washington, DC, as potential ballpark sites.

The Fairfax County supervisors have also said they aren't interested in a stadium, leaving Loudoun County as the last possible site in Northern Virginia.

Baseball now has to hope Washington, DC or Portland, Oregon ups the ante and gives them a stadium. neither municipality seems to be willing to break the bank to get the Expos, something baseball wants.

The two Virginia Decisions means that Major League Baseball has learned something that all of pro sports doesn't want to know.

The days of spending public money for a taxpayers supported stadium is over.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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