Big Changes at PGE Park

Thanks to Reid for pointing this out:

It appears that the Beavs and the Timbers are both being bought by a group fronted by Merritt Paulson , son of US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Paulson (the junior) has a background in sports management and is moving to Portland. Those are good things. However, I don’t see former ownership experience in the breakdown of Paulson’s portfolio, and I don’t know what he brings to the table other than the willingness to take up ownership and live nearby. And a family with a reputation of some sort.

What I’d like is input. I’ve had conversations with the Timber Army in the past that have encompassed future MLS involvement in town. But how does Joe TimberFan feel about new ownership for the current team? And does anyone care who owns the Beavers? They’ve had several owners in the past 5 or 6 years, and the experience has, nonethless, always been about the same…

2 Comments so far

  1. Daaaaave (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    Paulson is moving his family to town, which is more than can be said for Abe. Ownership experience doesn’t bother me much. If anything, it makes it more likely you’ll get out of the way and let the experts do their job properly.

    As for Joe Timberfan, as long as the Timbers and Beavers are linked the Beavers will always get the ink and the focus. The most interesting aspect of this is the deal being completed so soon after Garber was in town to talk MLS and the stories about Keston’s group allegedly owning sole rights to a franchise. What, if anything, this has to do with new ownership is beyond me, but it makes for excellent conjecture.

  2. TKrueg (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Can’t say I’ve been to a Timber game (i’m making it a priority this year though) nor am I a longtime soccer fan, but I love the DIY craziness of the Timber Army. It has the feel of a European soccer club and this town is better for it. Furthermore, the Timber name has authenticity to it in this town, unlike the cartoonish and random names/logos bestowed on new franchises in many leagues.

    With that in mind, I would love to see the Timber name/team picked up for a MLS franchise in Portland. If MLS expands to Portland, it would be a serious mistake to not carry forward some of the tradition as Soccer City. If Paulson can work to this end, it would certainly raise the stakes for more people to be fans. The city can support MLS far better than past MLS cities with poor stadiums (or locations) and empty seats…

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