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EXPERTS CLAMOR TO WORK WITH RED SOX, BUT WILL THEY TAKE AID?
Published December 2, 1997
In MA, PR execs, lobbyists and "assorted other experts on the art of the deal are lining up at the door" of the Red Sox, offering the club help in building a new ballpark, according to Anthony Flint of the BOSTON GLOBE. But the team has not "enlisted anyone's aid, despite the need to lay groundwork for such a massive project -- raising further speculation that the club may be happy for the moment with the status quo, or is preparing to sell the team before beginning any stadium construction." While the team has "prepared plans" that show what their ballpark needs would be, it hasn't "taken what many regard as the critical step; marshalling political support in City Hall and on Beacon Hill, doing community outreach and shaping an image for the team for the next century. And that's where Boston's dealmakers are clamoring to help" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/2). KEEP YOUR SOX ON: One source close to the team said the Red Sox "need to step back and say yes, this is a wonderful asset that we have, and there's incredible attachment in this community for this team, but that this issue doesn't get resolved at the emotional level. This is a financial, land-use and political issue. And they really do need help." Among those mentioned as possible advisors include Larry Moulter, former FleetCenter Chair now at Woolf Assoc. Regarding a possible sale, sources close to the Red Sox say "there is no plan whatsoever to sell the team," but that they are "merely moving slowly" after seeing the stadium troubles of the Patriots (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/2).