Former Blazers announcer part of group working to bring MLB to Portland

Portland a target city for MLB expansion

A new group that includes a well-known Portland sports figure is looking to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

Former Trail Blazers' television announcer Mike Barrett is part of a group that is also developing plans for a stadium.

"There is also a formally organized, sophisticated and seasoned management group running this initiative," said John McIsaac, a spokesman for the group, who emphasized it is a management group, not an ownership group.

McIsaac wouldn't divulge other details of the group's makeup or goals.

Talk about a possible Portland MLB team has heated up recently, following comments from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred last month that Portland is a viability expansion city.

"Portland would be on a list," Manfred said according to the Seattle Times. "I think Portland is a possibility. You can think of the prospects on the West Coast probably as effectively as I can."

On Monday, Baseball America reported that there was a group in Portland "with the necessary financing along with support for a stadium."

The city had contended for an MLB team in 2003, when Oregon lawmakers approved a measure that would create a $150 million bond for a Portland stadium. The bond, to be repaid from taxes applied to player and executive salaries, would be available for any new stadium project.

Barrett left the Blazers at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. He wasn't immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

Portland Business Journal is a news partner with KGW.

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