- Toronto Star - In the first of dozens of "Montreal Will Have a Shot at the Rays" stories this weekend, columnist Richard Griffin writes that Montreal was a victim of bad ownership...and "a calculated business move with villains around every corner." He implies those same business decisions could be an opportunity for the city to land MLB again.
- The Guardian - In the second of dozens of "Montreal Will Have a Shot at the Rays"...an important question rises: "In a province that’s in debt, where using taxpayer funds for pro sports purposes can prove an extremely difficult sell...how a 35,000-seat stadium would be built in the largest North American city without a major league franchise, is the tough question which will eventually need answering."
- Washington Post - Let's look back at this 2004 story from Steve Fainaru; need evidence of why "private investors" aren't going to fund a half-billion dollar stadium in Montreal? Bud Selig addresses a stadium's cost vs. revenues: "Can a ballclub build a stadium and survive? No."
- Florida Today - The legislature is cracking down on Fla. license plates that don't sell 4,000 plates a year. But at the same time, they may introduce a new Tampa Bay Rowdies plate this year. Forget the fact that the Rowdies are only averaging 5,000 fans per game; if you own a sports team and contribute to politicians, anything is possible!
- Bloomberg - NASCAR's much-heralded Hall of Fame in Charlotte is only five years old, but it's drawing just half of the promised number of visitors. The publicly-financed facility just needed a fresh infusion of $5 million in bailout money.
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