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Quel Avenir asks whether we think we should try to rebuild a major-league baseball team again.
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MLB is not returning to Montreal for *decades*. Even if 40,000 seat licenses were sold, even if corporate Montreal put up $300 million for a stadium, even if Bell and Quebecor agreed to go 50/50 on ownership like Rogers and Bell did with the Leafs, MLB simply would not grant the franchise – not so soon after having left in the first place.
It could happen sometime well down the road – say 20-25 years – but right now, it’s foolish to even think about.
I think the departure of the Expos may have been a good thing for other entertainment or cultural activities in Montreal. Instead of spending money on highly paid baseball players people went to concerts, festivals, restaurants, museums etc…
Just like Quebec city didn’t really suffer from the departue of a hockey club Montreal didn’t suffer at all except maybe for some ”free” exposure in the US amongst baseball fans.
@Steve: Pro sports teams do employ people, and they do bring visitors to cities though. It’s important to note that, for instance, thousands of people calling themselves “Nordiques Nation” have been traveling to other NHL cities recently as a kind of pep rally to get Quebec City a team again. And in so doing, they are pumping money into the economies of Ottawa, Montreal, New York and every other city they visit.
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