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Friday, February 07, 2003

Stuck in the Middle

In an recent interview with Whitecaps' head man Bob Lenarduzzi this:

Q - What about the Portland Timbers? I understand they still have big problems with the lease, which is over $600 grand in arrears.

Bob L. - I talked to the GM there. The operations side is not as issue, they are actually at a break even, their problem is, who ever did the deal for the Portland Family Entertainment, had done a deal with the city and it’s a deal that’s crippling them financially. They’ve gone to the city and said we need to renegotiate and they are saying no you can’t, you need to pay us the money you owe us. The Timbers are caught in the middle, caught in this battle between the city and the ownership of the club. Ideally what ever happens there, you’ve got 2 tenants. The baseball team is also caught up in that as well, both of those, who ever takes over the running of PFE are not going to want to lose 2 tenants. I’m disappointed because there’s a squabble taking place which makes it difficult for the club to operate because they haven’t been given the green light to sign players, so they are leaving it a bit late, it’s in abeyance but at least it’s not a situation where the club can’t look after itself. I talked to the GM last week, he’s frustrated to say the least. It’s still not resolved so.

posted by the timberlog at 9:48 AM



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