Thursday, August 19, 2004

Owners Seek Best Ballpark Deal for Expos

By RONALD BLUM,
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Trying to get the best possible ballpark deal for the Montreal Expos, major league baseball instructed its lawyers to press ahead with negotiations involving four of the areas bidding for the team.

Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said Wednesday that the meetings will take place within 10 days but didn't specify any communities. A baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said meeting will be set up with Northern Virginia; Washington, D.C; Las Vegas; and Norfolk, Va.

The relocation meeting highlighted the opening day of the two-day session, which ends Thursday, when owners are expected to approve a three-year contract extension through 2009 for commissioner Bud Selig.

For the Expos, Washington and Northern Virginia remain the focus of most baseball owners, several of them have said in recent weeks. No consensus between the two has emerged, and baseball wants the communities to pay most of the costs of a new ballpark for the team, which was bought by the other 29 clubs before the 2002 season.

Read the entire article here on the Palm Beach Post website.