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Friday, December 03, 2004

 
Everyone seems to be taking for granted that the Expos are going to be the Washington Nationals next season. But some research reveals the situation has become quite complicated .

Legislation financing the stadium project is working its way through the D.C. city council. The final reading is due Dec. 14. At the last reading, three Democratic council members abstained from voting in order to add amendments to the legislation, which basically seek concessions from both Major league Baseball and the ballclub that would protect the city financially in case of cost overruns

With those amendments added, it is expected the three abstaining council members will support the legislation.

MLB hasn’t seen any legislation, so it is “unenlightened,” as VP of administration John McHale Jr. put it. MLB also has to deal with Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Owners still have not officially approved the move, but are expected to do so today. But they have not settled on compensation for Angelos. The key here is Camden Yards was built with bond funds, so Angelos and the Orioles have the state of Maryland behind them, which could make legal opposition to the move quite formidable.



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