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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR ESTABLISHES BASEBALL STADIUM AUTHORITY
Published July 18, 1995
VA Gov. George Allen yesterday named eight persons to the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, which will have power to "pick a site, arrange construction financing and negotiate lease terms for a major league ballpark," according to the WASHINGTON TIMES. Virginia Baseball Exec VP Michael Scanlon: "It makes it much easier for us to go out and get a team when we know where the stadium's going to be." A ninth Authority member will be named once a stadium site is determined (Andrew Cain, WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/18). Another local report notes that baseball economics pose a great "financial risk" to those trying to bring a team to the area. But Virginia Baseball head William Collins remains upbeat. Collins: "This market is recognized by baseball people as the next great market. Northern Virginia is the last great untapped market for baseball" (John Lombardo, WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/14-20 issue). WHAT TEAM? With Expos Owner Claude Brochu's statement that he has no intention of selling his team, Mark Maske writes that the "would-be" MLB ownership group in Northern VA "would have to turn their attentions" to the Pirates or Mariners (WASHINGTON POST, 7/16). But in Baltimore, Ken Rosenthal adds the Padres, presently run by former Orioles exec Larry Lucchino, who has roots in the DC area. Rosenthal, who notes that league rules prevent another AL team moving within 75 miles of the Orioles, also mentions the possibility of Lucchino joining Collins' ownership group, possibly running the team as president. Rosenthal: "So it could be the Padres, it could be the Expos, it could be the Pirates. The question is not if Northern Virginia will get a team, but when" (Baltimore SUN, 7/16).