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  • Local Group wants to bring the Expos back to Montreal

    Hi
    On July 23rd 2011 Roger Brullote (Analyst of the Expos RDS) mention that there is a group today which have deep pockets (rumours say huge Media corp. E.g. Bell or Videotron some say the Molson Family is behind this also) who are interested on bringing back the Expos back to Montreal, according to him this has been going on for about one year, but this group got into the banwaggon after the report that came out in June which mention that Montreal is a viable MLB city. (http://www.conferenceboard.ca/report...riefing-6.aspx)

    Now according to Roger,this group is analyzing the cost to bring back the Expos, which includes the cost of a MLB team and the cost eventually of a new Ballpark, so far i found the link but in french and the actual radio conversation in one on Montreal biggest sports radio (http://www.ckac.com/baseball/nouvell...eal-87954.html) but i also attached a local forum where people are talking about it after this report came out. http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?p=35310501

    I would like to know what everyone thinks of this news.

    Montreal needs a major north america sports to bring the city back in the map, reports say that Montreal lost 30% of american tourist after 2004, and guess what left Montreal on that year..... yes our beloved Expos.
    Last edited by superman1914; 07-26-2011, 07:29 AM.

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    Not sure how long it will be available, but here is a clip of an English interview with Rodger:
    http://www.team990.com/sound_bytes/v...audio_clips/1/ (select "Rodger Brulotte joins Melnick in the Afternoon")

    My completely unsubstantiated guess on a prospective owner would be Quebecor Media, parent of the soon-to-launch TVA Sports. Interesting to hear the speculation on the Hippodrome site for a new ballpark as I had discussed this possibility last year on this web site. However, I won't be holding my breath unless an official announcement is made and more details on a business plan are released.

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    • #3
      Here's some more about the subject (sent to me by SABR Montreal).
      « But what's puzzlin' you is the nature of my game... »

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      • #4
        Question, where were they when the Expos pulled up the stakes? I don't believe that will anytime soon.

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        • #5
          I would buy season tickets in a heartbeat!

          The question is, where would they build a new stadium?

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          • #6
            There is alot of speculation at this point, some say the Hyppodrome in Montreal, other say the griffintown, the point is there is some places who could potentially built a stadium but all the is premature at this point.

            Lets hope one day we could ear again... Lets go Expos!!!!!!

            but in a downtown open park stadium

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            • #7
              I dont know if you know, alot of thinks changed in Montreal since 2004, the dollars is a huge difference, we have 2 french tv Sports station, 2 english, we didnt even have one in 2004..

              Also there is a huge Media fight between coorperation such has Videotron and Bell media and Telus and Rogers, they all want a piece of the pie and dont want the next guy to have it.

              We didnt have this in 2004, if you look at videotron they will have in 2 months a new sport dedicated tv Channel,Bell they have RDS and TSN.
              If you only live in Montreal you see that alot as change in a small time.

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              • #8
                They are ten years too late and probably non-existent to boot. They would have a brutal time finding a team to relocate.
                Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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                • #9
                  Why relocate? The league could legitimately be looking to expand soon, considering that they're already talking realignment. The American League is short 2 teams after all.
                  Last edited by Imgran; 07-29-2011, 10:17 AM.

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                  • #10
                    One real quick solution to a Stadium problem would be to restore the old Jarry Park back from tennis to its previous baseball configuration. Move the pool (if its even still there, I have no idea) and you could double deck some of the park or at least add higher tiers of seats. I bet you could have a capacity close to that of Fenway or Wrigley for a fraction of the cost. I have always felt that if the original club had just stayed in Jarry and made the ballpark the best it could be, the club would still be in Montreal. The original park cost only 3 million 1969 Canadian dollars.

                    EDIT: 100.00 dollars Canadian in 1968, when expenditure would have begun to renovate Jarry Park for MLB play is 648.39 in todays Canadian dollars. So what was done then would very roughly cost apx 18.5 million Canadian dollars today. At TRIPLE that price it would be well worth doing and a bargain. Luxury suites could be added by continuing the press box structure around. I have always thought that what the city of Montreal did with the original Jarry Park was one of the most cost efficient and cleverest solutions to a ballpark problem that was ever put into place. I would hope they wouldnt fall prey to needing a new super expensive concrete and steel behemoth ala the Big Owe only for baseball only.
                    Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 07-30-2011, 11:54 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Here's another article on the situation:

                      http://itsonbad.com/sports/36-sports...-baseball.html

                      Should be interesting. One things for sure, an AL team would make this a much better situation, what with the natural rivalry with Toronto. A new stadium is a must though.
                      Last edited by Anubis2051; 08-01-2011, 07:11 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Calif_Eagle View Post
                        One real quick solution to a Stadium problem would be to restore the old Jarry Park back from tennis to its previous baseball configuration.
                        As you can see from this overhead view, the baseball stadium was demolished, with the exception of a portion behind home plate, to build the tennis stadium, and so it would have to be torn down (along with the neighbouring building and tennis courts) to build a baseball stadium at the same spot. The renovations were done on the cheap back in 1969 because Jarry was not intended to be a long-term home for the Expos; as I understand it, additional grandstand sections were added, without provision for supporting an upper deck or luxury suites. A larger stadium would cost more (and these days, modern ballpark amenities help out with attracting fans to 81 home games). That being said, Jarry might be a good site for a new ballpark, separate from the tennis stadium (I don't think the city, Quebec Tennis Federation, or Tennis Canada would want to lose the tennis facilities), but the loss of green space would probably make it a non-starter, and there would be traffic issues to resolve. I think the Peel basin and Hippodrome sites are better candidates.

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                        • #13
                          Yes to Peel Bassin or anywhere south of Notre Dame street, which will revitalize that area, and is still walking distance from the downtown core.
                          NO to HIPPODROME SIT. It would be a monumental mistake

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MC EXPOS View Post
                            Yes to Peel Bassin or anywhere south of Notre Dame street, which will revitalize that area, and is still walking distance from the downtown core.
                            It's about two kilometres away from the corner of Peel and René Lévesque, which is a bit far for most people looking for a casual walk to the downtown core. Of course, a shuttle would help.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tinseltown View Post
                              It's about two kilometres away from the corner of Peel and René Lévesque, which is a bit far for most people looking for a casual walk to the downtown core. Of course, a shuttle would help.
                              But only 3 blocks from where proposed Labatt was supposed to be

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