There are questions as to whether or not the potential new owner, Kushner, has enough cash to be able to make the deal happen as most of his money is tied up in real estate.
That price tag seems high to me.
How dense would the Commissioner's Office have to be to do this crap again.
I totally disagree w/ LeBatard on that point. I would be thrilled to see both of them leave town tomorrow.
They started w/ a $158mm investment, they turned nice profits on small payrolls, they got a publicly funded stadium, and now they'll cash in for $1.6 billion. Sweet deal. They did generally field good teams from 2003-2009, but there have been 7 straight losing seasons since then. They did make some shrewd acquisitions over the years (e.g. getting Uggla in Rule V draft), but they were totally heisted when they traded MLB's only Triple Crown winner of last 49 years. They changed managers at the drop of a hat.
Rumors have been swirling for some time now about the Fish being on the market. The backloading of the Stanton contract probably was the precursor of an eventual sale. They shouldn't be allowed to stick around through the A-S game.
someday return to Montreal? Exhibition games there have been enormously well received and noastalgia for the old Expos is on the rise. Montreal was a great baseball town at one time. In fact, at their peak, the Expos actually enjoyed a higher profile than the Canadiens. Some feel under the right circumstances (i.e., an owner who isn't a jackass and a stadium that's actually suitable for baseball), it could be great again.
They were having their best season ever with great attendance. It could have created momentum for a stadium deal like the Mariners experience a year later. The strike just killed them. I did go to a game once in Stade Olympique, though. What an awful stadium for baseball. They needed a new one badly.
I'll bet there will be an enormous contingent of Montrealers in Cooperstown for Tim Raines HOF induction this summer (yeah, it's a short drive, too).