Jewish World Review Feb. 27, 2003 / 25 Adar I, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Is baseball just a game like every other, after all?


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | 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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© 2003, Evan Weiner