Montreal has been without Major League Baseball since the Expos moved to Washington D.C. following the 2004 season. However, a group of potential investors and local business leaders have now released a study that indicates Montreal is ready for MLB to return.
“Montreal has the market characteristics to support an MLB team effectively over the long term,” the group led by Stephen Bronfman, executive chair of Claridge Inc., said in a statement.
The study also states Montreal is among strongest cities considered potential expansion sites, containing the largest population, the largest TV market and the biggest corporate base of the potential contenders. Montreal also had the second-highest median household income of potential contenders.
Overall within MLB, Montreal would have the 15th largest metropolitan population.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said while he would like to expand MLB from 30 to 32 teams, no expansion will take place until the stadium situations with existing teams in Oakland and Tampa Bay are resolved.