Spoiler Alert! Merritt Paulson Lied To Us.

The Oregonian's story today about Merritt Paulson's effort to bring minor-league baseball to Beaverton included a whopper of a comment from Paulson. At the same time he's trying to build a baseball stadium in Beaverton for his Triple-A Beavers, Paulson's working with Portland officials to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer by 2011. Here's the relevant passage [emphasis mine]: At Tuesday ...   More
Thursday, October 15, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

A Baseball Story Other Than The World Series

Here's a riddle: What do you get when you cross Don Bauder of the San Diego Reader, who's written critically before in that alt-weekly about San Diego's major league baseball stadium with the fact that the major-league San Diego Padres are the parent team of Portland's Triple-A Beavers? Answer: A piece published today in the Reader in which Bauder links efforts to promote moving the Beavers ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 HANK STERN

Breaking: Merritt Paulson Abandons Beaverton

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson has just withdrawn his proposal to build a new Triple-A baseball stadium in Beaverton. Here's his Dear John letter [PDF] to Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. In the letter, Paulson says the lack of a stadium location under city control and no firm financial commitment yet in place from the city add up to make it impossible to meet the timelines needed to have ...   More
Friday, October 30, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

UPDATED: City Council to Consider PGE Park Re-Zoning Next Week

Portland City Council tomorrow morning will consider whether to change the zoning code to allow limited office space at PGE Park. The proposed change is part of an effort to bring a sports medicine clinic, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, to the stadium to support Merritt Paulson's new Major League Soccer team when it begins play in 2011. Here's the ordinance [PDF]. Updated on ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What MLS Commissioner Don Garber Had To Say About Scheduling

Last month, I posted a piece about whether Major League Soccer would ever consider switching its current March-though-October regular season schedule to an August-through-May schedule. Last night, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Portland Timbers/Beavers owner Merritt Paulson were interviewed separately on 95.5 The Game's "Strong At Night" and the subject of scheduling came up during this interview ...   More
Friday, November 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Three Strikes: PGE Park Plan Delayed For A Third Time

A proposal to change Portland's zoning code to accommodate new plans for PGE Park in advance of Major League Soccer's 2011 kickoff has been delayed again. The latest delay marks the third occasion Mayor Sam Adams has postponed considering the change, which is still listed on the Wednesday agenda. City Council is now scheduled to hear the ordinance on Jan. 6. Bottom line? There's still no final, ...   More
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Paulson Again Clarifies Statements In Beaverton

Two months ago, Timbers/Beavers owner Merritt Paulson confused Portland officials when he told Beaverton pols this, according to The Oregonian: "[I]f I don't get a baseball deal done, I'm not going to finalize the deal with Portland. So MLS will not come to Portland unless I do a deal for a new baseball park." Paulson — who has since withdrawn his baseball stadium proposal in Beaverton— ...   More
Monday, December 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Surprise Resolution Offers Paulson Green Light on PGE Park Construction

The City Council agenda for Jan. 6 now lists Mayor Sam Adams' resolution to allow Merritt Paulson's company to begin tearing out turf at PGE Park. The surprise resolution would allow Paulson to begin renovating the city-owned PGE Park for Major League Soccer — without a final financial agreement in place with the city. Or, as the resolution says: "to execute a Revocable Permit of Entry ...   More
Thursday, December 31, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor's Staff Insists Construction Risk Falls on Paulson

The new resolution Mayor Sam Adams will bring to City Council on Wednesday will allow Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers and Beavers, to begin limited construction at PGE Park immediately -- before the city inks a final financial agreement with Paulson and his Peregrine LLC. The mayor's office calls this work "non-construction" because it's "stuff that can be done that can be undone." Last ...   More
Monday, January 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Votes 3-2 To Give Merritt Paulson Green Light on Preliminary Stadium Work

Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Randy Leonard voted this morning to give Merritt Paulson's company the green light to perform limited construction work at PGE Park -- even without a final financial agreement in place. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish voted no, with Fish noting that there are 81 issues still in dispute between the city and Paulson. The 3-2 split ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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