Hi Folks, it's me, your trusty PTFC blogger here on Blogtown. You haven't heard much from me since the last home game, because, well, the Timbers finished the season at the bottom of the table and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.
It was a season many of us would prefer to forget, but until the Boys in Green take the field next season, we can lick our wounds, kibbutz about how Coach/GM Gavin Wilkinson will be returning (despite royally sucking), and keep our ears to the ground about Timbers and Beavers owner Merritt Paulson's plans to bring Major League Soccer to Portland.
Children, I am the
bringer repeater of good news.
Before yesterday, we knew a few things:
- --Paulson and Company officially outlined their intentions at a press conference on September 3rd, launching Better Beavers Ballpark.com and MLS to Portland.
- --The deadline for submitting the formal application to MLS commissioner Don Garber and his cronies is October 15th,
- --Paulson, through no fault of his own, holds one of the most reviled names in recent political history.
Yesterday, a short press release flashed around the internet.
"Today, on behalf of the greatest soccer fans in America, we submitted our formal application to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. We expect to get a response to our application no later than March of next year. In the meantime, we will continue to work with MLS, city officials and the community to turn this exciting idea into reality for Portland and Oregon." --Merritt Paulson
Yippee! said the Timbers faithful. I wanted more. I'm not naive enough to think that the public would get a look at the official MLS franchise expansion application, but I thought that maybe we'd see what Paulson's company, Shortstop LLC, submitted to the city, or perhaps some sense of what the city thinks of the MLS plans.
Well then, lucky for us--and thanks to some crack reporting from Ryan Frank and Mark Larrabee at the Oregonian--we have a rundown. The article covers a bunch of stuff, including bits about the $700 billion bailout, which is annoying and largely irrelevant.
I thought I might summarize all of this stuff, but I'm no city politics expert. Instead, here are links to three documents that accompanied the article:
- --PDF scan of Paulson's proposal to the city.
- --PDF of The PFM Group's independent evaluation of Paulson's proposal, commissioned by the city.
- --PDF scan of an email from the city's Spectator Facilities Manager, Dave Logsdon, to city stakeholders, reviewing salient points from a meeting with Paulson on August 19th
In those, I point your attention to these facts
I humbly suggest interested parties download these docs and take a look-see. I wish there was a way to turn off comments without proving you'd downloaded the docs, but alas, I don't hold that kind of sway. Let the flame war begin!