MONTREAL Warren Cromartie is convinced that Major League Baseball can be reborn in Montreal.
Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Board of Trade, is confident the city has the wealth, population and interest to support a team.
belief is that Montreal is strong, our economy is strong, and we might have a viable product that will be good for Montreal and good for our brand abroad, he said.
The Montreal Expos, who joined the Air Max 90 Ultra Br National League as an expansion team in 1969, were a huge success in the 1980s. But the team was playing in a nearly empty stadium by the time it was sold and moved to Washington to become the Nationals after the 2004 season.
there. We want to have these business leaders and head offices buy tickets and attend games. they don have yet is a deep pocketed individual or company to step up as owner.
Cromartie heads group studying viability of returning baseball to Montreal
Cromartie, who played nine years in Japan after leaving the Expos, lives in Miami but has relatives in Quebec City and keeps up with news from Montreal.
group that I assembled will make it clear to everyone, including Major League Baseball, that we serious about bringing it back, Cromartie said at a news conference.
signal we getting is there an appetite for a baseball team, said Leblanc. going to test that over the coming months.
Cromartie, who launched the project last year, said conditions are better for baseball to succeed now. He said the revival of the Canadian dollar, more television revenue, the advent of social media and increased revenue sharing in baseball would all help.
The $400,000 study, with costs split evenly between the Board of Trade and some private business people, is to be completed by the end of the year.
Leblanc said that if the study shows a team is a viable investment, he is confident an owner or owners will emerge.
whole agenda is to try to change the attitude, he said. know a lot of people were angry eight years ago. You have to get past that because this is a new era, new times. There no ill will toward anyone. back baseball would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, not only to buy a franchise but to build a stadium. Disenchantment with the domed Olympic Stadium was a reason often cited for the Expos demise.
And he feels the introduction of wild card playoff spots would boost interest by giving the team a better chance to reach the post season.
The former Expos outfielder and head of the Montreal Baseball Project, a group whose aim is to bring the major leagues back to the city, says he know soon whether fans and the business community really want it.
The polling firm Leger Marketing will take the pulse of the business community and the public to see if there are enough people ready to buy tickets and corporate boxes to make the team work.
was playing here, how many times would we have made the playoffs? said Cromartie, an Expo from 1974 to 1983. a lot has changed in a positive way. he has to change the minds of many former fans who had given up on baseball by the time the team left town.
A team from the accounting firm Ernst and Young will analyse the financial factors and stadium options and law firm BCP LLP will look at the legal and financing structures of the project.
They would also have to convince the powers that be to return to a city where, for many reasons, public interest petered out. Major League Baseball bought out the club from then owner Jeffrey Loria in 2002 and ran it at a loss before moving to Washington. capital, which lost major league franchises twice, as an example of baseball returning to a city Nike Air Max 90 Id Ideas
where it had failed.
After founder Charles Bronfman sold the team in 1991, it was co owned by a group that was unwilling to take risks or invest in star players. The inability to keep top players like Canadian slugger Larry Walker was another reason fans chose to stay away.
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