Going to bat in Montreal

Although Montreal has the market for Major League Baseball team, it won't be getting one anytime soon.

Montreal has the market for a Major League Baseball team, but is not likely to get one in the foreseeable future, according to a new book published by The Conference Board of Canada.

In Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports, authors Glen Hodgson and Mario Lefebvre point out that three obstacles stand in the way of a new franchise in Montreal: the economic structure of Major League Baseball, the lack of a suitable downtown playing facility and the absence of owners with deep pockets.

"Montreal today has the necessary market conditions to be home to an MLB franchise, but the competitive conditions in baseball make it unappealing to most potential investors," says Lefebvre. "Unless an owner with extremely deep pockets and a readiness to occasionally lose money shows up, we fear that baseball won't be returning to Canada's second-largest city anytime soon."