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MLB Expansion Destinations: Portland Oregon
The second city I think is a contender for MLB expansion is Portland Oregon. I think that MLB in the next 8 or so years will expand to 32 teams with one team absolutely somewhere on the west coast.
I think the west coast is a necessity due to division alignment and that the Astros who are located in the central time zone are in the American League West. Which West Coast team is the answer that we don’t know about yet.
I will Clarify that Portland WILL NOT receive the Oakland Athletics!!!!!!!!!!!
Portland due to high precipitation will require a retractable roof stadium. I would make the stadium kind of funky like the young “hip” town of Portland which is commonly referred by its natives as “Portlandia”.
Portland currently lies within Seattle’s territorial rights but the distance between the two cities is far to large to drive between.
Finding an ownership should not be a problem with Silicon Valley a short flight away but I am scared by the lack of fortune 500 companies in the area and have some worry that their sponsorship revenues will not rival other clubs.
I believe Phil Knight would have an interest in owning a professional team in his home state.
As with any city currently competing to get a team funding the ballpark will be a discussion and i expect if Portland really wants a team they will pay for some or all of the stadium and in the long run I do believe that it pays off.
It may not payoff in black and white numbers but for city morale, tourism, nightlife, and recognition they will benefit greatly.
The folks at www.sportsmanagementworldwide.com are big supporters of bringing professional baseball to Portland with key figures Maury Brown who is a writer for Forbes and founder of bizofbaseball.com and Lynn Lashbrook who is a key sports management educational figure part of the group trying to lure MLB to their city.
Portland has the 19th largest metro area in the country and one other large professional team. The Lightrail system in Portland will be critical to transport people to the game like it is in Denver or the subway system in New York.
Portland is also a growing city in a growing area which is something i determine to be very important when looking at places to put a franchise.
As people continue to avoid California’s ridiculous 13.3 % state income tax they need locations to relocate to and I find the cities of Denver, Pheonix, Las Vegas, and Portland the most sensible.
This city does have about 100 years worth of baseball history, including several long stints in the Pacific Coast League, with the last one leaving the nest in 2010 – when a new park wasn’t built.
Portland is known for their unique personalities and unique “keep Portland Weird” way of life. They are the craft beer capital of the country with a rising food scene with a twist such as Voodoo donuts.
Portland was ranked the 7th best park system by parkscore – and it has an international airport about 20 minutes from the heat of the city. PDX is rated as the favorite conditions of any airport in America
Odds they get a MLB Franchise in the next decade: 62%
Keep pushing for a team and you might get one although i can’t guarantee. To me this seems a very logical choice. Good Luck to ya Portland!
Our “Chief Writer” Hunter Stokes contributed to this article.
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