Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes


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The final financial deal is not without some risk to the City of Portland's general fund, but this afternoon Mayor Sam Adams and three city commissioners said they would support the terms of the renovation project at PGE Park for Major League Soccer. Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have all said they'll vote "yes" next week when the $31 million project goes before ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer And Its Players Extend Negotiating Deadline


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Portland's City Council won't have to vote next week on re-jiggering PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011 fresh off any news of a lockout by the owners or a strike by the players heading into the 2010 season. That's because the players and owners announced today they have extended the deadline from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12. The extension doesn't mean there won't ultimately be a work stoppage though ...   More
 
Friday, January 29, 2010 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers, Major League Soccer and Ducks


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Three depressing thoughts from the world of sports in the last coupla days: 1) Here's something to take your mind off the Trail Blazers' epic collapse last night against Utah: Go watch Sonicsgate, as I did Saturday night (thanks to BAM: the Beer and Movie Fest). The story of how a market like Seattle lost the Sonics should scare the hell out of Blazers fans when they think about the Blazers' ...   More
 
Monday, February 22, 2010 HANK STERN

What Seattle Sounders Owner Thinks A Strike Would Mean


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When we last visited the state of labor talks last month in Major League Soccer, both sides had extended the deadline yet again. Now with little more than a week until the new strike deadline of March 25 (the scheduled opening date for the MLS season), the verbal volleys are escalating. Yes, factor in that both sides in a labor negotiation often say some incendiary things in the final days ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 HANK STERN

City Council Candidate Debate: If Everybody Loves the Portland Beavers, How Come Nobody Watches Them?


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At today's City Club debate with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman and candidates Jesse Cornett and Mary Volm, the two challengers went after Saltzman for being the third (and therefore decisive) vote approving Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. The underlying theme of the campaign is that Saltzman, who is seeking his fourth term, has outlived his usefulness. The ...   More
 
Friday, April 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Triple-A Baseball, One Year Later


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For the dwindlng few of us who still attend Portland Beavers games, today is bittersweet. Tonight is the Triple-A All-Star Game in Allentown, Pa. One year ago, the game was in Portland's PGE Park, drawing more than 16,000 fans and actually making the city seem for a night like it cared about minor league baseball. Alas, PGE Park's re-configuration for when Portland begins play next year in ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 HANK STERN

Expanded Major League Soccer in 2011 Equals Expanded Season


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If you're a Portland Timbers fan counting down the days until Major League Soccer comes to town next year, you'll be glad to know the league has announced that expansion in 2011 will mean four more regular-season games. The increase from 30 MLS games to 34 games presumably means two more home games at PGE Park, which is being re-jiggered for soccer. The announcement of the increased schedule ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 HANK STERN

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