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EXPOS PRESIDENT SAYS TEAM IS NOT FOR SALE, BUT ...
Published March 13, 1995
Expos President Claude Brochu denied a report Friday that linked the Expos to one of the losing Northern VA baseball groups. Brochu: "I want to reassure people that the Expos are not for sale. We haven't even received any offers." Brochu did say that Bill Collins, head of Virginia Baseball Inc., does not want to wait for MLB's next round of expansion. But Brochu added, "There is no question of him buying the Expos." Collins, meanwhile, said his group would "continue to pursue the possibility of purchasing and relocating a current franchise." Brochu said talk of a possible sale started after Collins met with Brochu last week -- not about selling the team, but about expansion. Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau, noted the rumor came from a Toronto newspaper: "It's a phony. Mind you, the fact that it comes out of Toronto is significant -- a balloon out of Toronto about Montreal moving to Washington. Ho, ho" (TORONTO STAR, 3/11). Columnist/former Expos P.R. man Richard Griffin writes, "If the business community responds to what surely is a crisis situation in the history of the ballclub, then baseball remains in Montreal. If not, then there is a wealthy suitor at the bottom of the ladder waiting to elope with the franchise to Northern Virginia" (TORONTO STAR, 3/11). Peter Gammons notes the "distinct possibility" that former Tampa group leader Vince Piazza will make a "considerable offer" for the team. Gammons predicts the sale price of the Expos "will be closer than you might imagine" to the $173M price for the Orioles (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/12). For more on Northern VA, see #11.