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07-08-2011, 12:04 PM
Em Ancien
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Report on MLB in Montreal

The report said Montreal has everything needed to support a team, especially with a much stronger dollar in recent years. They are:

-- A team needs a population of at least 2.5 million to support a team and Montreal's metropolitan area has 3.8 million.

-- While Montreal ranks eighth among urban centres in Canada in disposable income, its people have "an appetite for entertainment" and enough money to attend games.

-- It has enough of a corporate presence. It has 98 of Canada's 800 largest companies, ranking third behind Toronto and Calgary.

However, the report points out that the economic playing field in baseball is "the least-level of the four major North American sports.

"The lack of a hard cap on player salaries and massive differences in revenue (including attendance, sale of broadcasting rights, merchandise and other income) among franchises make consistent winning very difficult for all but a handful of rich teams."

It said a new Montreal franchise would not be among the richest clubs so companies may be reluctant to invest. The team would also likely need a new stadium due to "the many problems of the Olympic Stadium as a baseball venue."
Would be awesome, but the report also indicates the unlikeliness for it to happen in the near future.

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