A group of investors that wants to bring professional baseball to Montreal said the only thing they are waiting for is a call from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Major League Baseball Commissioner had previously established requirements for returning a team to Montreal: a solid financial package, government support, a site and plans for a stadium.
All of these conditions have now been met by the group, a source told the Canadian Press.
Thus, the money is there, the support of two of the three levels of government is acquired, the group has a few sites and no fewer than five stadium plans will serve as the foundation for the project.
The group is so ready that this source says that if MLB should contact them in the coming days, weeks, or months for whatever reason, the project can be set in motion.
Last year, Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber publicly unveiled their commitment to this project. Bronfman said that it was too early to begin the financial arrangement. Twelve months later, it seems that it is now done.
Bronfman and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre co-signed a letter to the 30 MLB teams and Commissioner Manfred in the fall of 2015 to show Montreal’s interest in finding place for Montreal in the select group.
Major League Baseball’s softening stance on sports gambling may one day open the door to an untapped market long considered taboo: Las Vegas.
It’s all the rage lately, with the NHL’s 31st franchise set for a Sin City debut next season and the NFL on the brink of following suit. Might MLB join them? Commissioner Rob Manfred is at least open to the idea, a departure from baseball’s longstanding efforts to distance itself from the betting world.
“Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference Tuesday in Phoenix, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.”