- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 18, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion
Sometimes the greatest risk yeilds the greatest reward. That is something that Portland soccer fans are hoping for here.
The task force in Portland that is looking at a proposal to bring a MLS club to the city said it likes the idea of bringing another major league team here, but has serious concerns about the financial risk to the city’s general fund, which pays for basic services including police and fire protection, parks and public housing.
And now some Portland City Counsil members are echoing the same feelings.
Paulson said the concerns over risk to the city have been around since day one and that they will be part of the final negotiations.
“We are structuring a deal that does not expose the general fund and has zero impact to taxpayers over time,” he said.
“There’s been six months of public scrutiny, and you come up with a preliminary 17-1 vote,” he said. “To me that’s the headline. Seventeen to one — that’s a big piece of news. That’s quite positive.”
Commissioner Nick Fish said today that he’s not interested in the city making a big investment in Major League Soccer if the taxpayers will have to pick up the tab if the team or the league fail.
“Making an $85 million investment to move the Timbers up one division is a non-starter for me,” Fish said. “In any deal I might support, the taxpayers are held harmless.”
Sounds like a rocky road for Portland fans here. Fans in Vancouver probably love the problems that could face Portland here. I still see one of those two cities getting in (along with Miami) for one of the expansion bids for 2011.