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If Garber accepts 3 cities, Montreal, Vancouver and Portland:

- you've got yourself a heated 3 way rivalry in the Pacific Northwest

- you've got yourself a heated 3 way Canadian rivalry

You kill two birds with one stone. Two heated rivalries by accepting the right 3 teams.

With Garber being in Montreal tonight, I'm thinking that's what he's thinking

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From Cyberpresse:

word by word translation needed:

«Le propriétaire des Mets de New York avait demandé une équipe pour la région du grand New York. Il vient de révéler qu'il a perdu une fortune et qu'il renonce à sa demande. On va voir. Si jamais le prix vient dans une fourchette intéressante, quelque chose comme 20 millions pour la concession et 20 millions pour agrandir le stade Saputo, on verra», de dire Joey Saputo.

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No big pot of money for a new stadium, councillors told

By Patrick Dare , The Ottawa Citizen

February 25, 2009

OTTAWA — Any sports stadium project in Ottawa may have to compete against other municipal projects such as public transit for funding from the federal government, the city’s manager said Tuesday.

Kent Kirkpatrick told councillors that, contrary to what was initially believed, there’s no separate pot of money for large recreation projects such as building a professional sports stadium, whose price tag would easily top $100 million.

The federal government has a $500-million fund for municipal recreation facilities but it’s aimed at smaller projects, such as paying for a new arena ice surface.

Kirkpatrick said that he is working hard to get clarity from the federal government and get instructions on how to apply for financial assistance from other pots of funds. But he said it appears that any sports stadium project would be tossed in with the many other projects municipalities ask for help on, such as transit, road building, bridges and community centres.

Councillor Peter Hume, chairman of city council’s planning and environment committee, said he was surprised and disappointed by the news. He said it was “not a winning proposal” to tell citizens of Ottawa that they have to choose between building a new sports stadium and proceeding with the city’s new transit plan.

“This is a significant twist,” said Hume.

The planning committee was receiving an $81,000 report by the Corporate Research Group on the whole question of whether and where to build a new stadium. That report identifies 23 possible locations for a new stadium.

The city already has two unsolicited proposals from business groups for stadium projects. The group of developers behind one called "Lansdowne Live!" wants to redevelop the city’s 40-acre Lansdowne Park. Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wants to see a stadium for Major League Soccer built beside Scotiabank Place, as part of a major package of retail, office and residential building in Kanata.

The Melnyk proposal is for the three levels of government to build the soccer stadium. The Lansdowne Live proposal does not require federal government funding but many city councillors believe the project can never proceed without help from the province and the federal government.

© Copyright © The Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Sports/money+stadium+councillors+told/1324330/story.html

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quote:Originally posted by spiral

If Garber accepts 3 cities, Montreal, Vancouver and Portland:

- you've got yourself a heated 3 way rivalry in the Pacific Northwest

- you've got yourself a heated 3 way Canadian rivalry

You kill two birds with one stone. Two heated rivalries by accepting the right 3 teams.

With Garber being in Montreal tonight, I'm thinking that's what he's thinking

first time a fully agree with you spiral those 3 cities are where the most profit and intrest can be gained.

that being said if Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto become MLS teams the V-cup may have to be re worked as it would become useless if all the Canadian team can field playoff competive teams in the MLS. Wouldn't it?

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quote:Originally posted by TheKottonmouthed

first time a fully agree with you spiral those 3 cities are where the most profit and intrest can be gained.

that being said if Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto become MLS teams the V-cup may have to be re worked as it would become useless if all the Canadian team can field playoff competive teams in the MLS. Wouldn't it?

Why? It's not like they would be in the US open cup all of a sudden, or qualifying for CL spots via MLS standings, as those are only for US based teams.

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looks like Barca is out in Miami:

blah blah blah blah blah

Here is a rough translation of the Sport.es article:

The latest messages from MLS and its surroundings are not exactly optimistic news regarding the awarding of new licenses to participate in the USA's soccer league. The approximately $ 40 million needed to tackle the project and the harsh economic crisis the country is not inviting to take on big adventures.

However, it appears that this somewhat pessimistic atmosphere does not affect the willingness of Marcelo Claure, a member of Barça in the United States. The Bolivian entrepreneur is convinced that the final response will be positive and, moreover, will be made public in a matter of hours.

The Bolivian since a few days ago has been in Barcelona to finalize the details of the proposed Miami club. Claure has held several meetings with members of Barcelona, as well as others who could be linked directly to project future club. You do not want to step back in this adventure. Last Sunday, in statements that reflected the Bolivian newspaper La Razón ', the employer claimed that the administrative process is in the final stretch. "We're still in negotiations with the MLS and we will define the future of the franchise in Miami in the next seven days." It has been five days and Claure has moved to Barcelona in anticipation of a happy ending. He wants to be part of the final decision together with his initiative.

In Barca prefer to remain silent after a few days ago showed some reluctance to the project and the corporate CEO, Joan Olive, said that the club is not willing to make financial contributions to this initiative. The prevailing wisdom waiting to hear officially if the license is awarded by the 2010 final and the dream is a reality and the club extends azulgrana borders in Florida.

Moreover, by the express order of the boat and Claure, the office in Miami continues its mission to search for different political and economic support to ensure the viability and profitability of the enormous challenge.

Xabier Azkargorta, failing to be confirmed as future technical director, is already working on the design of the sports organization to govern the destinies of the institution. Azkargorta has contacted various coaches that could accompany him on the adventure of soccer.

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