Is It Possible That Major League Baseball Returns To Montreal?
1. Tiger Woods back playing golf as he shot a 69 today in the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool.
2. The Toronto Maple Leafs being the sole NHL team on Forbes Magazine's richest professional sports franchise list.
3. The possibility that Montreal getting a Major League Baseball franchise.
I decided to go with the third option because it provides much more of an argument or debate.
Here's is my take on this issue. Although I would love to see another Major League Baseball franchise in Canada, I'm a bit skeptical.
When the Expos were in Montreal ten years ago, the franchise struggled to fill the seats in Olympic Stadium (known as the Big O). I remember back in late eighties, seeing all the empty seats as I watched a Expo home games on television.
I also remember how the franchise was rejected when the board of directors asked for government funding for a new stadium.
A study, produced recently by the Montreal Expo Project in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Earnest and Young concluded a new team would require $355 million. $500 million for a new facility. Good Luck!
Somehow I can't see the Quebec Provincial Government giving out sums of money like this, not knowing if the city of Montreal is feasible market for professional baseball.
Yes I am aware that those two exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets in March drew a total of 96,350 fans. However, this doesn't mean the city is going to support a baseball team of their own.
The Expos final home game on September 29, 2004, drew 31,395 fans. The franchise relocated to Washington D.C. after the 2004 regular season was over.
Speaking of relocating, there is also a rumor circling around that the Tampa Bays Rays wants to move their franchise elsewhere because of poor attendance. However, even that rumor is far fetch as the franchise is negotiating a deal with the City of Tampa for a new stadium.
Keep dreaming Montreal.