Friday, July 09, 2004

Wash. Times: MLB to discuss D.C. ballpark plan

By Eric Fisher
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


Major League Baseball's relocation committee will meet with District officials later this month in Washington to discuss financing options and construction schedules for a proposed ballpark, marking perhaps the most detailed session in the city's long quest for baseball.

An exact date for the session is being kept under wraps, but it follows a high-level meeting May 6 at One Judiciary Square. During that meeting, Mayor Anthony Williams and other city officials presented the city's revised proposal to relocate the Montreal Expos, and received assurances from the relocation committee the objections of the Baltimore Orioles on Washington-area baseball would not be a factor.

Those assurances have since been clouded by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who remains deeply concerned about the potential impact upon the Orioles.

Nonetheless, expectations are high within the District that a long-delayed decision on the future home of the Expos will arrive within a matter of weeks. Several of the other bidders for the Expos do not expect such a quick timetable, but most do think a choice will be made by the fall.

"We're very optimistic, and expect this to be settled in the next three, four weeks," said Mark Tuohey, chairman of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission.

 
Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.
 
In the on-going saga of the Expos, it's clearly, a "#1 and #1a" process now. It would seem DC is in the #1 seat, but has to come up with some details beyond, "Give us the team and we'll talk." I find this amusing: "We're very optimistic, and expect this to be settled in the next three, four weeks," said Mark Tuohey, chairman of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission. With the RICO arbitration case slated to be settled in September, it makes no sense for MLB to move any earlier on the matter. Add in the fact that it takes 3 weeks for MLB to decide what to have for lunch at their meetings, and this all could drag on further. --Maury