Monday, August 23, 2004

Relocation group returning to D.C.

By Eric Fisher

Major League Baseball's relocation committee will return to the District today for the latest in a series of negotiations D.C. officials hope will lead to the Montreal Expos moving to the city.

MLB executives also plan to meet with Northern Virginia representatives tomorrow. And while baseball repeatedly has missed deadlines in its troubled three-year ownership of the Expos, the latest meetings are ideally designed to produce a stadium financing plan MLB can accept at last and have been described by both localities as a critical step in the process.

"What we hope to get out of this, obviously, is a sense of where baseball is in their deliberations and when [the relocation decision will arrive]," said Mark Tuohey, chairman of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission. "The contact with baseball has been very thorough, very professional. I expect more of the same."

Leading baseball's delegation will be MLB President Bob DuPuy and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, both key figures on the relocation committee. Mayor Anthony Williams is expected to lead a group of District officials. The city's meeting will be a smaller affair than a May gathering at One Judiciary Square that included most of the relocation committee, several D.C. Council members and numerous government staffers and attorneys.

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