Jewish World Review Feb. 27, 2003 / 25 Adar I, 5763
Is baseball just a game like every other, after all?
Will Major League Baseball, which has placed Pete Rose on
the ineligible list because of gambling, consider Portland,
Oregon as a future home for the Montreal Expos if an Oregon
stadium is built by a casino?
The 29 baseball owners are stuck with the Expos and would like
to place the team in a new environment, one where taxpayers
money would be used to build a stadium and the owner would
get massive stadium revenue streams. That's not going to happen
in Oregon where there is a high unemployment rate and a state
budget deficit. but a new player could step in.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the operator of
Oregon's largest casino, may be interested in funding a stadium
in exchange for some land to build a casino in the Portland area.
It's just an idea at this point, but Major League Baseball barred
Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle from the game while they were
employed by a casino.
These days, baseball accepts casino
advertising money. Will the owners be open to a casino funded
facility? Perhaps, after all baseball is all about money.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.
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