Oregon Stadium Campaign
2003 :: Issue #9
OSC Working Closely with
City to Finalize Ballpark-Financing
Following the dramatic
passage of the MLB Jobs Bill in the final days of the Oregon Legislature, the
campaign to bring Major League Baseball to Oregon has advanced to a new level
of reality. The Oregon Stadium Campaign is now working in collaboration with
Mayor Vera Katz and the City of Portland to complete the financing plan for a
new ballpark, a plan that we believe will attract a team to Portland.
reported last week by The Oregonian, members of the campaign met for a second
time with representatives of the hotel/motel industry and both the stadium
campaign and visitor industry are working to "find a common ground to help
complete the financing puzzle." This work will continue over the next several
months and periodic updates will be available on the Oregon Stadium Campaign
Portland TV Ratings for World Series Again
Portland continues to demonstrate a healthy
appetite for MLB,
generating a 14.7 average TV rating during the 2003 World
Series, better than all but five markets outside of Florida and the New
York area. This is especially impressive given the late afternoon start times
on the West Coast. Last season, Portland recorded a higher TV rating for the
World Series than all but two cities without a regional interest and doubled
the rating of the Washington, D.C. market.
Rob Neyer Discusses Portland as an MLB Market
As the MLB Jobs
Bill made its way through the Oregon Legislature, respected baseball writer Rob
Neyer of ESPN.com examined Portland's potential as a future MLB market. In an
analysis of successful MLB markets, Neyer concluded that Portland is a viable
home for MLB and "could settle right in with cities like Denver, St. Louis,
Cleveland, and San Diego."
Click here for the full article.
The Oregon Stadium Campaign would
like to extend our sincere thanks for your invaluable contributions to our
campaign over the past several months. The eventual and dramatic success of the
MLB Jobs Bill in the Oregon Legislature simply would not have been possible
without your support!
The proud founding
sponsors of the Oregon Stadium Campaign are:
The Confederated Tribes of
Grand Ronde, Oregon
Group and Moffatt/Rosenthal.