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12-29-2011, 10:03 AM
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MLB baseball in Montreal is a pipe dream. Fan support wasn't there and there political support isn't there for a stadium. That ship has long sailed.

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12-29-2011, 11:30 AM
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I don't see how we cangenerate enough revenues to pay the type of salaries given in that league.

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12-29-2011, 11:32 AM
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MLB baseball in Montreal is a pipe dream. Fan support wasn't there and there political support isn't there for a stadium. That ship has long sailed.
You should know better...

Why did the fans were not supporting their team ?



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12-29-2011, 11:57 AM
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Meh, with the salaries in baseball today, teams like the Jays and the Expos can't compete anyways.

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12-29-2011, 06:30 PM
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Meh, with the salaries in baseball today, teams like the Jays and the Expos can't compete anyways.
This post is so many levels of wrong.

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12-29-2011, 06:45 PM
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Why did the fans were not supporting their team ?


Other than the Habs Montreal is not a sports town. They don't even support junior hockey and the Alouettes folded twice before.

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12-29-2011, 10:49 PM
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The guy speaks money and only money. Shut him up, for good.

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12-29-2011, 11:14 PM
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12-29-2011, 11:40 PM
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yes but does he believe in an NHL team returning to montreal?

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12-30-2011, 01:29 PM
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Other than the Habs Montreal is not a sports town. They don't even support junior hockey and the Alouettes folded twice before.
Montreal fans love a good show first and above all, and they love to be seduced / charmed by their sports teams. They love to recognize themselves in that team.

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12-30-2011, 01:34 PM
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Other than the Habs Montreal is not a sports town. They don't even support junior hockey and the Alouettes folded twice before.
Montreal fans love a good show first. They love to be seduced / charmed by their sports teams. They love to recognize themselves in that team. And above all, they love WINNERS.


Loria & cie + MLB has done everything they could to make baseball fans sick of baseball in Montreal. No radio or TV contracts, playing in Puerto Rico, fire sales after 1994, etc.. + no marketing and out of touch with young players in the community.

The Alouettes for very long time had no real contacts with the Francophone clientele. No effort to touch base with them. the new Alouettes have understood that.

The Montreal fans have filled the big O for some soccer games in the past with the Manic and also with the Impact, more recently.

Gillett had the genious to keep Pierre Boivin and lalonde to market his team to death.

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12-30-2011, 02:30 PM
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Montreal fans love a good show first. They love to be seduced / charmed by their sports teams. They love to recognize themselves in that team. And above all, they love WINNERS.


Loria & cie + MLB has done everything they could to make baseball fans sick of baseball in Montreal. No radio or TV contracts, playing in Puerto Rico, fire sales after 1994, etc.. + no marketing and out of touch with young players in the community.

The Alouettes for very long time had no real contacts with the Francophone clientele. No effort to touch base with them. the new Alouettes have understood that.

The Montreal fans have filled the big O for some soccer games in the past with the Manic and also with the Impact, more recently.

Gillett had the genious to keep Pierre Boivin and lalonde to market his team to death.
You can't pain the whole Expos existence with when Loria and co were there. The 15 years before that ownership tried everything. In 1994 they marketed the team heavily, it was in 1st place in all of baseball and people still barely came out

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12-31-2011, 12:12 AM
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The guy is a magor hypocrite. All he wanted for his players was to make the most money as much possible and I bet he felt like playing in a place like Montreal was costing players money.

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12-31-2011, 07:30 AM
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The guy is a magor hypocrite. All he wanted for his players was to make the most money as much possible and I bet he felt like playing in a place like Montreal was costing players money.
I don't think Don Fehr gives a rat's ass where teams are playing. It's not his job, never was.

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12-31-2011, 08:43 AM
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So many different issues if they did come back today.

- stadium
- ownership (better be someone who doesn't mind losing money, at least short term)
- mlb economics
- entertainment competition in Montreal during baseball season (Habs, Impact, festivals, etc.)

Another issue is the general interest in the game of baseball in Canada. Years ago there were numerous minor leagues teams. And people playing the game all over. Not alot left now.

Bronfman saw all of this coming 25 years ago and wisely moved on. I don't see govt's (local, provincial, federal) getting on board to help bring back a team, they are all looking for ways to cut spending. Why anyone else with the money would invest, I don't know. The odds of succeeding seem pretty low, at least right now.

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12-31-2011, 11:38 PM
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In the next few months, the RIO will decide whether it will proceed with a retractable roof or fixed one on the ''Big O'. Things should move following the decision.
Remember that the MLB should expand to 16 teams on each league in a few years.
So let's keep dreaming

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01-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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Montreal is in my opinion one of the most fun and energized cities in Canada, All they are missing is the Expos. Too many great memories, watching them.

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01-09-2012, 04:53 PM
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Baseball is returning to Montreal for 1 day anyway, with real Major league players. The Blue Jays are in Montreal Jan 10th/11th 2012 & will attend the Habs game. You can see them in Laval.

http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/..._tour.jsp#tab3


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Baseball is returning to Montreal for 1 day anyway, with real Major league players. The Blue Jays are in Montreal Jan 10th/11th 2012 & will attend the Habs game. You can see them in Laval.

http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/..._tour.jsp#tab3
You know what, good for them! Never hated the Jays. Hell, when I was a kid I liked them. Back in the days of Borders, Gruber, Olerud, Carter, Key, Henke, etc....

They can be Canada's team. Hell, if push comes to shove, and you want to maximize game attendance, play some games in Montreal! They'll be well attended, I guarantee you.

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01-10-2012, 08:25 AM
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Donald Fehr is about to lead to the NHLPA into a self-destructive labor negotiation. The man killed baseball in Montreal and will do tremendous harm to the NHL and to us the fans. The rest of the NHL fans are about to learn what it means to have Donald Fehr screw your enjoyment of watching a sport.

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01-10-2012, 09:29 AM
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Any progression about the Jays playing a game in Montreal? I know there was talk about that..

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01-10-2012, 12:30 PM
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it can happen.. keep in mind the mlb has teams in milwaukee, kc, pittsburgh etc. Those markets are not big at all. A lot of the world series winners these days are teams built from within and then an added piece or two from Free Agency/trade. As a Jays fan I think this whole thing about being in the AL East is an excuse. The red sox and yankees don't win every year and are often upset in the post season by other teams with a lower payroll. The Jays didn't draft well for years and the ownership before Rogers took over did not care at all (a Belgium based brewery). The thing about baseball is you could make money with a low payroll these days (the pirates who don't care about their product) make money. The MARLINS MADE MONEY!

All montreal really needs is a 38,000+ seat stadium that has a baseball mystique (not necessarily all the bells and whistles) to create a better supply and demand curve. I believe Montreal will have a MLB team in the future. The city's baseball past is too rich (jackie robinson, all the former expos going into the Hall, a team that baseball fans miss due to the little nuances they brought to the game) to be shut out. Also, it's a large market in comparison to many MLB teams that already exist.

While I do enjoy a MLS match here and there it's not Major League Baseball. The CFL could fold in any decade it seems, and well the CAN/AM team will not be a baseball fix.

I hope to see a lot of expos fans at the Rally in Toronto this season when the Nats come to town.

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Maybe Don Fehr can personally fund bringing back the expos after he kills the NHL.

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01-10-2012, 03:19 PM
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The Jays are all over Montreal today! Nice weather & everyone is talking baseball today, great stuff!

Ricky Romero will be on TSN990 at 3:45 this aft.

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