Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by BigGameDamian, Apr 15, 2018.
I love arrested developement!
Are you daft? It's happened 18 times in the NBA and at least once in the NHL. I can't tell you when but I know damn well it's happened in MLB.
Wait a minute, were you talking about the road team winning all seven games in a seven game series? If that's what you meant then your queston should have been more clear. This is the first time it's happened in MLB. Not sure about other sports.
Its the first time in any sport.
Canzano: Feels like a big month for the Portland Diamond Project and MLB to PDX
The Portland Diamond Project renderings of their proposed MLB stadium.
I bumped into Craig Cheek, the founder of the Portland Diamond Project, the other night at Autzen Stadium.
Cheek is a Washington State product. He was a guest of Cougars’ athletic director Pat Chun, hanging out with the WSU contingent there for its game against the Ducks. And at one point, Cheek ventured off to say hello to his old Nike boss, Phil Knight.
Knight typically hangs one level down on the press-box side, in a suite alongside the University President. And I wondered as I observed the gears moving behind the scenes just how important the month of November will be for the MLB to PDX effort.
Well it’s finally here.
The World Series is over. Baseball’s Winter Meetings are scheduled for December 9-12. The future of the A’s in Oakland and the Rays in Tampa is up in the air. And so November becomes a vital month for the organization that aims to bring MLB to Portland.
The Portland Diamond Project has been quiet lately, hasn’t it?
There’s an ongoing petition drive that now has more than 40,000 signatures. There’s a line of people like this columnist who would plunk down deposits on season tickets. There was a World Series viewing party, too. But we don’t have a fresh indication from Rob Manfred, the commissioner of MLB, that Portland remains a viable option for relocation or expansion.
In fact, weeks ago when the playoffs started, Manfred fired a missive at the City of Oakland, threatening that the A’s could be moved. But he didn’t use Portland as the threat. After all, we don’t have a suitable venue for them next season. He instead used Las Vegas, where the Raiders are currently building a stadium. That went over in Portland only slightly better than it went over in Oakland.
Did MLB just threaten Portland with losing the A’s too?
Or was Manfred using Las Vegas because that threat comes especially loaded?
MLB’s Vice President of Communications, John Blundell, didn’t reply to a request for an interview in October. He’d previously told me, in May, “MLB is currently working with Tampa Bay and Oakland on their local stadium situations. Beyond that, there is nothing to say at this time.”
Well, November becomes the time to say something.
The World Series went seven games. That was great for baseball. But the sport needs new cities -- young, vibrant, underserved ones. A city that will draw rabid, engaged fans for 81 home dates and become an MLB success story.
But Portland needs to hear something this month.
Not just from MLB, but from the Portland Diamond Project, too. What’s the plan? What’s the status of the real estate development play? Does MLB really want to expand? Is Portland still top of that list? And what of the real estate development plan for the Terminal Two site?
I spoke with Chris McGowan, head of Vulcan Sports, after the Trail Blazers’ opening night. I was particularly interested in the ownership plans of Jody Allen, who is positioning herself very much like she wants to keep the team, at least for a while. But is she interested in developing the Rose Quarter and creating an entertainment district? There’s a lot of development whispers, particularly about the Lloyd Center Mall.
McGowan said, “There’s no active plan in motion I am aware of.”
November is an important month, see.
It’s when the A’s slowly come to grips with the fact that Oakland isn’t ever going to build a baseball stadium for them. It’s when MLB talks about expansion as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But I’d also like to hear more from the Portland Diamond Project about its ongoing efforts.
Was the MLB to PDX group under a playoff gag order from Manfred?
I hope so.
And I hope it ends for all involved in November.
I hope they put some onsite parking wherever they (potentially) build a stadium.
Oh god not in this city. They hate cars..
Could you imagine what it'd be like if the RG was being built now?
There's be so many bike lanes in there....and homeless camps too.
You seldom see that many boats in one place in the river and never that many sailboats.
well they did mess up big time by building all those parking garages that surround the RG like it’s being fortified.
They should have built all the parking underground and on the surface make a walkable entertainment destination with bars and restaurants
They SHOULD just tear down the MC, or at least gut it and turn it into a parking lot.
MB is starting to look more and more like Super Dave Osborne.
The dumbest shit ever. When we were buying our Camry a while back I shopped around and they had a high price and I asked if they would negotiate and they said no so I bought from another dealer. This is just a strategy to make people think they're getting a deal, while instead they're getting gouged.
They're gonna look awful foolish when this never happens.
read that with a semi green font.
Ride the fence much?
We just started our volunteer group for following the legislation issues and a couple companies have now started cost and overall mobilization estimates on the waterways for materials.
People are still putting money into being prepared if this does happen.
I'd give it like a 15% chance of happening. Using my very scientific method of pulling a number from https://www.random.org/.
It sounds about right though.
They love pushing their clothing line
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