Officials seeking Expos meet for 9 hours

MLB, D.C.

September 16, 2004|By Ed Waldman | Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - The group trying to persuade Major League Baseball to move the Montreal Expos to Washington met with members of the relocation committee for more than nine hours yesterday

The meeting came the day after three members of the D.C. Council who support raising taxes to build a stadium for the team lost primary election battles to opponents who are against such a plan. The new council members, including former Mayor Marion Barry, take office in January.

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who attended yesterday's meeting for a little more than an hour, said in a brief interview that he didn't view the election results as a setback.

"In any kind of stadium package, there are hurdles," said Williams, a Democrat. "I've always believed that once the public understands what's on the table, all concerns are surmountable."

On Tuesday, a Virginia group hoping to bring the Expos to a new stadium near Dulles International Airport had a 2 1/2 -hour meeting with the relocation committee.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos opposes locating a team in Washington or Northern Virginia, saying either site would harm the Orioles.

MLB has said it wants to choose a new home for the Expos before the start of the playoffs, but many deadlines have come and gone. In related news, lawyers for the former limited partners of the Expos plan to ask a federal judge to block MLB from moving the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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