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Paulson plays hardball

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

In his ongoing effort to get a new baseball stadium built in Beaverton, Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson raised the stakes by throwing the future of Major League Soccer in Portland on the table - although he later expressed confidence that deals would be reached for both sports.

Beaverton leaders are considering a $59 million baseball package to build a new stadium. At Tuesday night's meeting, Beaverton City Councilor Cathy Stanton questioned whether Paulson has secured an agreement to buy and operate the pro soccer franchise beginning in 2011, requiring a $31 million renovation to Portland's PGE Park.

"Yes," Paulson responded. "But it's conditional on finalizing the deal with Portland. And if I don't get a baseball deal done, I'm not going to finalize the deal with Portland. So MLS will not come to Portland unless I do a deal for a new baseball park."

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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0 #1 Play hardball somewhere else.Cjpa 2009-10-15 12:23:39
Merritt Paulson should take his hardball politics somewhere else. He tried it in Portland and it didn't work. It is not Portland's place to put pressure on Beaverton to consummate a deal with this jerk. Now that Beaverton may have an opportunity to vote on spending tax dollars for baseball, there may be considerably more opposition than the mayor thinks.

As a Beaverton resident, I am opposed to a Beaver stadium unless it can also be purposed for other civic events like high school graduations (currently all BSD graduations occur in Portland), concerts, other sports activities, etc. It is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars if the only purpose is minor league baseball.
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