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A CAPITAL IDEA? GROUP AIMS TO BRING MLB BACK TO D.C.

          Renewed efforts by Washington, DC, government officials
     and business leaders are under way to bring MLB back to the
     city, according to Thom Loverro of the WASHINGTON TIMES. 
     The effort will include a soon-to-be-released DC Sports
     Commission study that supports a movement to build a new
     downtown ballpark.  The $86,000 report also includes a
     feasibility study of renovating RFK Stadium for baseball as
     well as building a new stadium next to RFK.  Although it
     does not make a "firm recommendation," several DC government
     sources "said the study's conclusions favor building a new
     downtown ballpark."  Loverro reports that the prospects for
     a new baseball stadium "seem remote -- not only because of
     the financing questions," but also the "strong opposition"
     from Orioles Owner Peter Angelos (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/25). 
          LES EXPOS FACTOR: In Montreal, Jack Todd asked, "Will
     the Expos be back in Montreal?  Will they get their new ball
     park -- or play next season in northern Virginia?  No matter
     what happens, that will be the story of the Expos' 30th
     season.  By June 30, president Claude Brochu will make the
     call" (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/24).  Todd speaks with a
     "confident-sounding" Brochu about a new ballpark.  Brochu:
     "Compared with where we were last June, when we announced
     this project, we've seen a massive shift of opinion in
     Montreal. People are more supportive, more understanding,
     more willing to get involved" (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/25).

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