Sunday, July 11, 2004

Oregonian: "Portland, Las Vegas pass on trip to Houston"

Baseball's relocation committee won't meet at the All-Star Game, but some contingents will be there looking for an edge
The Oregonian
Sunday, July 11, 2004

Major League Baseball's relocation committee will not meet in Houston during the All-Star break. Commissioner Bud Selig is not expected to make any announcement of substance about the Montreal Expos. In all probability, nothing will happen.

But that doesn't mean there won't be some politicking going on.

Contingents from Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Norfolk, Va., will descend upon Houston today and spend the next three days trying to sweet-talk Major League Baseball into relocating the vagabond Expos to their area.

Portland proponents, meanwhile, will be watching on television.

"I don't think it's really to anyone's advantage to go there and shake hands or whatever," said Drew Mahalic, chief executive officer of the Oregon Sports Authority, which is part of the Oregon Stadium Campaign. "It may be a prestigious and fun thing to do, but it's not what they're looking for."

Baseball backers in Las Vegas also have opted against making the trip.

"It's our understanding that the relocation committee will not meet," said Mike Shapiro, a consultant for Centerfield Management Group who has served as the point man for Las Vegas' efforts. "Our time is better spent staying here and continuing work on our stadium finance plan."

To read the entire article here on the Oregonian website.
Last year, all the contingents went to the All-Star game, with little or no effect. In the case of DC and Northern VA, there is reason to try and possibly sway the votes. It doesn't seem likely that votes will be altered dramticlly, however. All the votes have gone down with the recommendation from Bud. Portland and Vegas will be eyeing the A's as a possibility. --Maury