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How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way

Date: June 29, 2004
Author: Steve Fainaru
QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.

ABSTRACT: Under the umbrella of the anti-trust exemption, Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan Selig is widely thought to be able to engineer the relocation of the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, D.C. if he sees fit. Such a decision would likely cut into the fan base of the Baltimore Orioles, owned by Selig's fellow team owner and good friend Peter Angelos, and cost Angelos a great deal of money. This article, part of an in-depth 3-part series, discusses the interplay between Selig's personal power and the dynamics of baseball's ongoing "turf wars" over which teams are allowed to move into which geographic markets.

--- J. Arcilla

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