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MLB to Portland? Agreement in principle for ballpark land via Forbes

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If they weren't locked into a contract for the next 10 years on that stadium, we might actually be talking about this. The Rays seem an obvious candidate, maybe Oakland as well, those are the 2 main stadium issues right now.

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27 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

If they weren't locked into a contract for the next 10 years on that stadium, we might actually be talking about this. The Rays seem an obvious candidate, maybe Oakland as well, those are the 2 main stadium issues right now.

Who is they?  The White Sox.  They wouldn’t move to Portland bro.

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13 minutes ago, SoxFan562004 said:

With the amount of money they can get for franchise fees, my best guess is if there's new locations they will be expansion, not anyone moving.

Bingo, it’s already been hinted at by Manfred.

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14 minutes ago, SoxFan562004 said:

With the amount of money they can get for franchise fees, my best guess is if there's new locations they will be expansion, not anyone moving.

We are talking about something like $30 million per team in franchise fees.  I am sure they are going to want to expand, which is why they are working so hard to get OAK and TB stadiums taken care of first.

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2 hours ago, hi8is said:

Lived there two years

 

love it

Yea @BobDylan lives out there and told me the same thing. Still one of my places to go visit list.

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A couple of years ago, you would have thought a place like Mexico City would have had a shot, but that's no longer in the cards with the political situation, or even a Caribbean country.

Buffalo, Louisville, Charlotte, Nashville and Indy were other names you would hear historically, but as much recently.

MLB really seems to be considering the possibility (at least) of going back to MON, but two West Coast teams, that's the most logical play in terms of scheduling and demographics/population growth.

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6 hours ago, reiks12 said:

The Portland White Sox has a nice ring to it

You are banned from making anymore crazy statements 😧

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With sagging attendance, baseball should not be expanding. But money makes decisions.  Two new expansion teams will help them water down the product even more. Tampa Bay was a poor expansion choice and a new stadium will not solve their attendance woes.  

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15 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

We are talking about something like $30 million per team in franchise fees.  I am sure they are going to want to expand, which is why they are working so hard to get OAK and TB stadiums taken care of first.

Oak has a new plan on the bay per MLBN

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28 minutes ago, SCCWS said:

With sagging attendance, baseball should not be expanding. But money makes decisions.  Two new expansion teams will help them water down the product even more. Tampa Bay was a poor expansion choice and a new stadium will not solve their attendance woes.  

Rising TV deals > sagging attendance.

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2 minutes ago, joejoedairy said:

I'm likely moving to Portland next year so this is great news to me. 

Traffic is a killer there.  Live close to your job.

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22 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

If they weren't locked into a contract for the next 10 years on that stadium, we might actually be talking about this. The Rays seem an obvious candidate, maybe Oakland as well, those are the 2 main stadium issues right now.

 

Chicago is too big of a market. Portland is 1/4 as big as Chicago so it makes no sense to leave Chicago for a market with many fewer people and money (specifically companies to buy sponsorships). 

It’s akin to leaving Chicago to move to Cincinnati. 

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