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THE PLIGHT OF THE EXPOS ANALYZED SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Published April 10, 1995
The Expos, who traded three of their best players citing economics, were the subject of much attention this weekend. In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark writes the trades "didn't necessarily demonstrate the big-market, small-market problem. What it really did, thanks to the strike, was exaggerate the problem. ... The real reason to feel sorry for [the Expos] is that they were promised the strike would be their salvation. Instead, it might turn out to be their ruination" (Jayson Stark, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/9). In Tampa, Martin Fennelly writes, "It's baseball season. Have you purchased your Montreal Expo yet?" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/9). In Dallas, Gerry Fraley says the Expos "should look at themselves" and not "blame everyone in sight." The team has "lacked" a long-term plan for becoming "appealing and marketable." The team "aimed their marketing" at the French segment of the Quebec province, and lost out on the English- speaking majority of Canada to the Blue Jays. The trades "raised anew" the notion that Montreal does not deserve a franchise (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/9). It's "time for the rest of the Montreal franchise to pack the bags and head elsewhere" writes Tracy Ringolsby in Denver. Revenue-sharing "would simply be perpetual welfare in Montreal" a city of four million with "a population that has no real affection for baseball" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/9). Peter Gammons notes that "few believe Les Expos won't be in Northern Virginia this time next year" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/9). QUEL PROBLEM? Expos Owner Claude Brochu said the team has sold 100 season tickets a day last week, and the club's 9,220 season-tickets are the team's second-largest one-year total since 1983 (CP/CALGARY HERALD, 4/8).