Baseball Votes to Drop Two Teams
Nov. 06, 2001
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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) _ Baseball owners voted Tuesday to eliminate two teams before the start of next season but didn't say which ones they would be.
Montreal, Minnesota and Florida, however, have been mentioned as the likliest candidates for elimination.
``It makes no sense for major league baseball to be in markets that generate insufficient local revenues to justify the investment in the franchise,'' commissioner Bud Selig said. ``The teams to be contracted have a long record of failing to generate enough revenues to operate a viable major league franchise.
``There are more than two candidates,'' Selig said. ``We haven't picked the final teams.
``I'm not going to get into the numbers game,'' he said. ``There were a lot of people in the game who were in favor of four-team contraction.''