MLB meets with D.C. relocation group

Committee to talk today with Northern Virginia

August 25, 2004|By Ed Waldman | Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF

The long, slow march toward finding a new home for the Montreal Expos returned to Washington yesterday for the first of two days of meetings with groups hoping to persuade Major League Baseball to move the team to the region.

MLB officials, including president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy, the man in charge of the search, and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a member of the relocation committee, yesterday met with representatives of Washington's bid.

Today they are scheduled to talk with the group that wants to build a stadium in Loudoun County, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport, for the Expos.

FOR THE RECORD - The participants of the meeting between Major League Baseball's relocation committee and representatives of Washington's bid to obtain the Montreal Expos were reported incorrectly in yesterday's sports section. MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy did not attend the meeting.
The Sun regrets the errors.

MLB sources said that in addition to Washington and Northern Virginia, the committee would meet with groups from Las Vegas and Norfolk, Va. DuPuy said last week at the baseball owners' meetings that no contenders for the Expos have been eliminated, including Portland, Ore., and Monterrey, Mexico, but that it was not necessary for the committee to meet with all the groups.

DuPuy could not be reached for comment yesterday. Spokesmen for the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Washington Baseball Club did not return phone messages.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos vehemently opposes locating a team in Washington or Northern Virginia, saying a franchise in either place would substantially hurt the Orioles' ticket sales, broadcast rights fees and corporate sponsorships.

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