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MLB Team Rejects Las Vegas Overtures Due To Market Size, Economy

Goodman Still Hoping To Secure An
MLB Team For Las Vegas

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman Thursday said that the city has failed in its "most recent effort to lure an American League baseball team," but that the city is "staying in the batter's box," according to Dave Toplikar of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Goodman was "up front about why the team, which he declined to name, turned down Las Vegas." Goodman: "We heard from one team that I was very interested in pursuing that our market is not big enough, our media market is not big enough and our economy is in such a state that they're not interested in considering us at this time." But Goodman is "still hoping to score a Major League Baseball team -- or a professional franchise from another major sport -- before he is term-limited out of office next year." Goodman said the setback "has not dulled" his enthusiasm. Goodman: "I'm talking to other people about it. I'm talking to other people about all sports. Because I said one of the things I wanted to do before I hung up my cleats was to get ourselves at least a commitment from a major league sports team." Goodman noted that he "checked into seeing if the ... Rays might be available." But he said, "Their lease is good until 2018. Now that's a long time, that's a long time away." Meanwhile, Goodman previously has said that "part of the discussions will involve building a climate-controlled domed 45,000-seat stadium on city-owned property downtown" (LASVEGASSUN.com, 8/26).

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