Montreal can support baseball, return unlikely

Baseball’s return to Montreal is unlikely because an uneven

economic playing field remains among teams.

A report by the Conference Board of Canada says it wasn’t a lack

of fan interest or city support that caused the Expos to leave

Montreal in 2004.

The wide disparity in revenue among clubs and a weak Canadian

dollar are considered the main reasons the Expos were bought out by

Major League Baseball and moved to Washington.

The report says the Toronto Blue Jays are in no trouble despite

playing in a division with two of the richest teams, Boston and the

New York Yankees. It has a solid market, stable ownership and an

attractive stadium.

The Conference Board is one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit

research organizations.