BALLPARK SUPPORTER CRITICIZES BROCHU, EXPOS STADIUM EFFORT
One of the Expos' ballpark project's "high-profile
promoters has cast aspersions on Expos president Claude
Brochu and on the near-impenetrable veil of secrecy
surrounding the project he was recruited to sell," according
to Stephanie Myles of the Montreal GAZETTE. In a radio
interview, Jean Coutu said, "I think Brochu is a very good
administrator, but maybe he should step aside and let
someone else promote the project." Brochu would not
comment. Coutu joined the Expos' ballpark effort in March,
but he now says he is "no longer active in the project."
Coutu: "It's excessively difficult to put that good name we
[he and the other businessmen assisting in the ballpark
push] have into something we don't understand ourselves.
Who will own the stadium? We don't even know. It smells a
bit like what went on in Quebec City with the Nordiques."
Coutu: "They haven't known how to sell it to business,
government and the fans." Meanwhile, the Expos have invited
members of the business community to accompany them to
Baltimore today to tour Camden Yards (GAZETTE, 8/19).