Milwaukie (Ore.) officials have changed tack on the quest to land minor-league baseball, bringing in a former Rose Garden exec to work out a game plan for a Northwest League team.
J.E. Isaac, president of the Portland Business Association and a former Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) executive, will work with the city on a funding plan for a proposed ballpark to house a short-season-A Northwest League team, according to Oregon Live. Funding sources, besides the usual rent from a team, could include suite rent, naming rights or development rights in the ballpark site. He’ll also be working on a local ownership component.
Which may be way premature, as is talk about a team potentially moving to the Portland area. Right now no MiLB team has permission to explore the territory, according to owners with knowledge of the situation; one other team has expressed interest in the Portland market (certainly one of the most lucrative open markets in Minor League Baseball), but much will also depends on what happens with a proposed new ballpark in Boise and the potential of bringing Triple-A ball to that city. And with negotiations going through league president Bob Richmond — also an active broker in MiLB — talk of specific teams is meaningless.
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