Sunday, December 19, 2004

Norfolk

Apparently, MLB has leaked that they plan on spending a couple of years in Norfolk if this deal falls through. I guess that'd give Norfolk a good chance to convince MLB that it is a big enough market to support the game. Ugh... maybe I'll have to move back to central VA.

4 Comments:

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ESPN article also says that RFK is home to the Redskins. How long ago did they leave there? Four years? Five?

Tom GRichmond, Va.

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger John said...

Heh... I didn't notice that. The guy's not from the area, and I'll bet he's never been to Norfolk. But he's the kind of guy that execs like to leak stuff through, so I suspect the Norfolk whisper was specifically planted.

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger tmk67 said...

Norfolk allows them to play around with Virginia the next two years and try and get a publicly-funded stadium either in Tidewater or NoVa. Virginia just reported a $1 billion budget surplus, and Gov. Warner, who has opposed public-funding, cannot run for re-election next year. Being in the eastern time zone, Norfolk would not require them to re-do next year's schedule and is far enough from Baltimore to avoid having to pay-off Angelos for 2 years while a stadium is built in NoVa.

They coulc call the team the Virginia Squires, after the ABA basketball team that played "home" games in Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke.

Clearly not ideal for baseball, but since Vegas does not have even a AAA stadium and Portland is in the worng time zone, the only other option for MLB would be San Juan, and I believe that would require consent from MLBPA.

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger John said...

Vegas does have a AAA stadium, but I know their plan was that the team would play in Monterey until the stadium is built. I think the minor league stadium doesn't have a roof, or something silly like that.

Norfolk does make an awful lot of sense. It's a much bigger metro area than most people realize. They'd even draw fans from Richmond.

 

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