Thursday, March 09, 2006

San Antonio Marlins

I love sports, so here is some good sports news for you baseball lovers. From the Express-News:

County Judge Nelson Wolff faxed a letter to the Florida Marlins on Wednesday promising that Bexar will provide up to $200 million to help build a stadium — if voters extend the hotel and rental-car taxes used to build the AT&T Center.

Wolff estimates the project will cost $300 million. According to Wolff's plan, the Major League Baseball franchise would have to agree to a memorandum of understanding before an election is called.

The deadline for putting the issue on the November ballot is early August, Wolff told the Marlins.

Wolff's advisory comes two days after billionaire B.J. "Red" McCombs said he would give "serious consideration" to becoming a minority investor in the Marlins if his involvement would result in the team relocating to South Texas. Wolff said the Marlins would pick the site. The proposed stadium would not have a roof or be used for football.

One such project could be the addition of 200,000 to 400,000 square feet of exhibition space on the grounds of the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum, Wolff said.

Henry Flores, a political scientist and dean of the graduate school at St. Mary's University, believes voters would support Wolff's plan because it doesn't call for the imposition of a sales tax or ad valorem tax.

According to a WOAI/SurveyUSA Poll conducted this week, 72 percent of San Antonians would like to see a professional baseball team come to town. The poll revealed 41 percent would consider buying season tickets.

It is very clear that San Antonio is trying to expand its national exposure and they believe sports is the way to do it. First it was the attempt at getting the New Orleans Saints and now this.

As a sports nut, I love this, but a name change will be needed.


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